The Straits Times
Published on Sep 12, 2012

MOE to scrap banding of secondary schools from this year onwards


The Education Ministry will scrap the banding of secondary schools from this year in a move to encourage parents to look beyond academic results when picking a school for their child.

This was announced by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat at the ministry's annual workplan seminar this morning, which outlined priorities for the year ahead.

Currently, secondary schools are banded based on O-Level results, with Band 1 being the top band. Some schools, such as IP schools, are not banded. This information is given to parents, some of whom use it as a yardstick when deciding where to enrol their children.

However, the Ministry said it would continue to provide information, such as the value-addedness of schools. This measures the progress of students during their secondary school years.