The Straits Times
Published on Dec 01, 2012

Herculean leap in mindset change


TRYING to change the importance parents place on the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) will involve a mindset change of herculean proportions ("MOE stops naming top students"; Nov 21).

So, I cannot understand why we are suddenly bending over backwards to apologise for pupils who aced the examination and why the Government is making an extreme shift in policy by refusing to publicise their names.

Values and ethics can be nurtured but what the public must see to believe is change that is permanent and good, not a garden-variety review.

So, if the intention is to create diversity in different fields, celebrate them by elevating those who are entrepreneurial or from the arts, social services, music, sports and other less-chosen fields to prove that they too can be successful without having to trek through the traditional route of academic stardom.

The herculean aspect of the change is for both the Government and the public to walk the talk. Only then will there be real change instead of mere rhetoric.

Lee Khum Thong