The Straits Times
Published on Nov 22, 2012

Not naming top students not a move “away from merit”: Heng Swee Keat


Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said his ministry’s decision not to name top performers in national examinations is not to “move away from merit” or “address stress per se”.

“Several people have asked if MOE stopped releasing top PSLE scorers to reduce stress or to de-emphasise academic achievements,” he wrote in a Facebook post on Thursday, hours before the release of the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results.

“It is not possible, nor desirable, to eliminate stress completely.” he said. “Nor should we be shy about achievements. There are broader considerations.”

The move, said the minister, is aimed at recognising other aspects of excellence, and celebrating the efforts of students who persevere and reach their full potential. “When they put in the effort, we should cheer them on. When they succeed, we should recognise and celebrate their success.”