Voices of youth

PSLE system needs further change

A child's academic ability should not be determined by a single high-stakes examination such as the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE).

Even the new PSLE scoring system that will take effect from 2021 is highly stressful. Marks are still needed to obtain a certain grade, so pupils will continue to compare marks with one another.

I propose doing away with the PSLE altogether and adopting a system similar to the International Baccalaureate.

It places greater focus on the acquisition of general knowledge in all areas, instead of in-depth learning of a few selected subjects, and will help pupils in real-world situations.

Most importantly, there are regular examinations throughout the school year which make up nearly half of a pupil's overall grade.

In this way, consistent performance is rewarded.

Hasel Soh Wan Qi, 12,
Primary 6 pupil

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2016, with the headline 'PSLE system needs further change'. Subscribe