Align JC curriculum with O levels

Innova Junior College unveiled its revitalised curriculum at its 2016 open house.
Innova Junior College unveiled its revitalised curriculum at its 2016 open house. PHOTO: INNOVA JC

It is regrettable that some students may avoid taking subjects that have undergone major changes, for fear of doing badly in exams ("Updated JC geography curriculum worries some"; Monday).

Although it would be ideal if students pursued subjects based on their passion and interest, we should not cast aside their worries over grades as simply being pragmatic.

Updating the curriculum to make it more in line with a university style of learning will no doubt benefit students in terms of preparing them for higher education.

However, doing so may exacerbate the difficulty that students already face making the leap from O to A levels.

Perhaps, the Ministry of Education could consider also updating the O-level curriculum to maintain continuity, in terms of pedagogy, with the junior college (JC) curriculum.

This will not only help ease the transition of students entering JC, but also allow them to make an informed decision when choosing subjects.

Kevin Tan Kwan Wei, 19,

full-time national serviceman


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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 24, 2016, with the headline 'Align JC curriculum with O levels'. Print Edition | Subscribe