Let's celebrate effort and not just grades
SINCE the release of the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results last Thursday, one thing has become obvious - Singaporean parents' obsession with excellence.
This is a sad state of affairs, and the Education Ministry is right to not name the top scorers.
The "primary" in PSLE refers to the school in the first stage of a child's formal education. However, the "primary" has evolved to become the most important or main stage of a child's education.
Our obsession should be on lifelong learning for the betterment of oneself and society.
Alas, the obsession of parents is with grades alone. Tell a parent that your child did well, scoring a certain aggregate, and he will tell you if your child's A is a "high" or "low" A.
Apparently, an A is no longer just an A that should be celebrated; there are good-quality As and poor-quality As.
I disagree with those who think that pupils' excellent grades should be showcased to inspire others. This is because every child is unique and successes are uniquely different.
To me, if a child consistently fails a subject but manages to pass it in the PSLE, that is a success story.
By highlighting only the top scorers and their scores, we fail to recognise the efforts of many "fail-to-pass" pupils.
We should celebrate effort and not grades per se. Do not let the PSLE become the Pupils' Sole Learning Exercise.
Grace Chua (Madam)