The Straits Times
Published on Nov 09, 2012

...Here's one experience


THE Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is one of the most stressful periods of a Singaporean child's life and I do not think everyone knows what it feels like first-hand.

In the run-up, tuition overloaded my schedule and I was doing homework all the time.

My tutors were telling me to memorise every answer while my teachers were telling me to "treat each problem like a whole new problem".

I tackled the same questions several times over. And I cried when each practice paper was returned.

For the English Language oral examination, the picture I was shown stunned me and left me stumbling over words and phrases.

As for the mother tongue oral examination, the Chinese conversation took me by surprise and I was at a loss. I did my best, but it probably was not good enough.

I can only describe the listening comprehension part as a complete flop for me.

Of course, the written examinations were not any easier, all of which inevitably led me to cry my eyes out.

I hope that the Government can make the PSLE easier and less stressful.

Yasmine Xuning Kanagalingam (Miss)