Develop local version of O and A levels

Singapore's developments in curriculum and education planning and execution have been the envy of many countries.

Delegations have been sent here to better understand the underpinnings of our education development.

It is, however, regrettable that we continue to follow the examination standards of a foreign country.

Perhaps there is a need for a local adaptation of international standards, like the GCE O-level and A-level exams.

We do not need to reinvent the wheel, but the Ministry of Education should consider piloting its own brand of education testing and assessment standards.

This will give rise to more vibrancy and increased opportunities in the sphere of international academic excellence.

It will also reduce the possibility of foul play and misadventure that comes with the overseas transportation and processing of exam papers (238 S'pore A-level Chemistry examination scripts stolen in UK; Feb 24).

Joel Pang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 27, 2018, with the headline 'Develop local version of O and A levels'. Subscribe