More time for kids to spend on interests

I was pleased to read about the new Primary School Leaving Examination scoring system ("New PSLE scoring system to have 8 grade bands"; last Thursday).

It will, hopefully, reduce the stress on pupils and allow them to focus on their strengths and interests, instead of spending the bulk of their time studying.

They might become more specialised in their area of work, and help Singapore grow as a country by becoming a new pool of specialised talents.

Spending more time on one's interest will also help to build one's knowledge, skills, values and character, to grow as a person.

Removing the bell-curve system also removes the comparisons between students, and emphasises learning as an individual.

Secondary schools will soon have distinctive programmes, encouraging students and parents to look beyond the school's reputation and cut-off point.

The psychological and emotional well-being, skills, character and knowledge of Singapore's future leaders is more important than an examination score.

Changing the scoring system will nurture well-rounded individuals who will make a positive impact on our country in future.

Sam Xin Qian, 16,

Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 20, 2016, with the headline 'More time for kids to spend on interests'. Print Edition | Subscribe