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Scrapping PSLE not the solution: Lawrence Wong

How S'poreans define success must change, he tells poly students

Published on Sep 22, 2012 6:00 AM
 
The stress that comes with the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is something that needs to be looked at, but scrapping the exam or tweaking the assessment criteria may not be the solution, said Senior Minister of State Lawrence Wong. -- ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO

The stress that comes with the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is something that needs to be looked at, but scrapping the exam or tweaking the assessment criteria may not be the solution, said Senior Minister of State Lawrence Wong.

Solving the problem requires a mindset change among Singaporeans on how success is defined, he said on Friday.

Mr Wong, who responded to questions raised by polytechnic students at a forum, is the first office-holder from the Education Ministry to weigh in on the debate on whether the high-stake exam should be scrapped.

While there has been a diversity of views on the issue, most agreed that there must be some way to assess a pupil's ability based on merit, he noted. "So we have not abolished the system of meritocracy - we believe in that. We want a fair system that is based on individual merit, in which we decide how a person should progress on to the next level of education.

 
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