Parents welcome less stress for kids, but worry about transparency
Parents were all for the long-awaited change in the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) scoring system, saying it would go some way to reduce stress, but wanted to know more about how it would work.
With the scrapping of the T-score, they asked what criteria schools would use in selecting pupils with comparable results, and whether this would lead to a less transparent system.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had announced on Sunday that in a few years' time, the T-score will be replaced with wider grade bands.
Currently, pupils are given letter grades for the four subjects they take. But when they apply to secondary schools, they use an aggregate of their numerical scores for each subject, called a T-score.
LESS OBSESSION OVER SCORES
It's a good thing to move away from detailed grading, because now we compare marks, like 98 versus 99.
- Housewife Janet Yong, 40, who has two sons in P1 and P4
CHANGE OF FOCUS NEEDED
Parents must realise that not every child needs to go to a top school, and they must focus on real learning.
- Former Raffles Girls' School principal Carmee Lim