More leeway to excel at universities here
Educators confident quality of graduates will not suffer as varsities ease norms
Published on Aug 13, 2014 7:20 AM
Dropping poor grades, lower criteria for the honours' track and doing away with names like "third class".
Universities here are getting kindler and gentler. But life on campus will not become easier, said experts.
Amid concerns of lower standards after recent changes by Singapore's two biggest varsities, educators are confident that the quality of graduates will not suffer.
"It's a message to students that they can relax a little and enjoy learning," said Dr Timothy Chan from private institution SIM Global Education. "But there are still exams and assessment, and they need to do well in the next few years."
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Honeymoon year for freshmen
Freshmen can drop any "F" grade in up to six courses in the first year. They must retake the course or take another with the same academic weightage.
Freshmen can exclude grades in up to five modules in their first semester.
- The grade to qualify for the honours year in four schools in NUS has been lowered from a cumulative average point of 3.5 to 3.2. Applies to students who enrolled from 2012.
- From next year, NUS degrees will be renamed, to give better recognition to students. Second lower honours, for instance, will be known as honours with merit.