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MOE no longer publishing topscorers' names

Published on Nov 20, 2012 8:01 PM
 
File photo, anxious parents waiting for PSLE results with their children at St Hilda's Primary school, Nov 24, 2011. The Ministry of Education (MOE) will no longer name the top-scorers in national examinations when it releases the results. -- ST PHOTO: ASHLEIGH SIM

The Ministry of Education (MOE) will no longer name the top-scorers in national examinations when it releases the results.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, an MOE spokesman said on Tuesday that it wanted to "balance the over-emphasis on academic results".

The Ministry wants to "help parents and students understand that academic performance is just one aspect of a student's overall development and progress".

The Straits Times had reported on Tuesday that the MOE was considering not naming the pupils with the highest scores in the Primary School Leaving Examination. This comes in the light of the ongoing debate on the PSLE, where the exam has been criticised as being too high-stakes.

 
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