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Parents call for closer look at direct admission

Scheme gives bright kids advantage for secondary school entry, they say

Published on Nov 1, 2012 6:00 AM
 
Melissa Koh, 13, got into Zhonghua Secondary School via Direct School Admission for her non-academic talent. She plays the traditional chinese instrument, Yang Qin. Parents are asking the Government to take a closer look at the Direct School Admission scheme, which lets pupils secure secondary school places early. -- ST PHOTO:  SEAH KWANG PENG

Parents are asking the Government to take a closer look at the Direct School Admission scheme, which lets pupils secure secondary school places early.

They say it puts academically bright children at a clear advantage, which contradicts its core objective of recognising a diverse range of talents.

Their call comes as the Government is reviewing the way the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is used for admission into secondary schools.

Most children are awarded secondary school places based on their PSLE results. But those who go through direct admission can secure a place even before taking the exam. The scheme is meant to give those with other talents, including in sports and the arts, a chance to shine.

 
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