Abilities test only adds stress

I disagree with Ms Maria Loh Mun Foong's suggestion to have an abilities test ("Add abilities test to PSLE score"; May 20).

This will only add stress on the shoulders of children and parents.

I agree that the General Ability Test (GAT) provides additional assessment on one's potential to study well.

But at what age should this be included? At Primary 6, not all children may have developed their mental capacity for learning yet.

Furthermore, this would favour those who can afford tuition.

There are many tuition centres that offer specialised programmes for those who are aiming for the Gifted Education or Direct School Admission programmes. I believe this includes teaching children how to score at tests such as the GAT.

Why put our children through unnecessary assessments and stress them more?

Leong Kok Seng

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 07, 2016, with the headline 'Abilities test only adds stress'. Print Edition | Subscribe