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MOE revises recognition system for students' co-curricular programmes

Published on Jan 9, 2014 4:18 PM
Northbrooks Secondary School students playing floorball as part of their co-curricular activity. Secondary 1 students this year will have an updated grading system to calculate their co-curricular programme points. -- ST FILE PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

Secondary 1 students this year will use a different system to gauge their progress in their co-curricular programmes.

The Ministry of Education on Thursday announced that it will put in place a framework that will reward students who strive to be more well-rounded. The new system, called Leaps 2.0, will do away with grades from A1 to E8, and replace them with three bands - Excellent, Good and Fair. The "Excellent" band will be the equivalent of the current 'A' grade, which allows students to deduct two bonus points for entry to a polytechnic or junior college.

The way students are evaluated will also change. Currently, students obtain an 'A1' grade when they chalk up 25 points or more in five areas - leadership, enrichment, achievement, participation and service - once they leave secondary school.

Some categories like leadership and achievement hold more weighting than others as well. With the new framework, the enrichment category will not contribute to a student's final band, and equal weighting will be given to all remaining categories, to encourage students to be all-rounders. To get an 'Excellent' band, a student would also need to obtain a level 4 out of 5 in one domain, and a level 3 for the rest. Secondary 2 to 5 students will continue with the current system until 2017.

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