Voices of youth

Reward children for their efforts

Regardless of whether a child has done exceedingly well or has underperformed in the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), he should be rewarded for the effort put in.

A child's intelligence should never be determined by an academic quotient. Furthermore, some children are late bloomers. With guidance and patience, they can soar.

The PSLE is just one of the many challenges one will encounter in life, and parents should always be ready to motivate and advise their children if they stumble, instead of lambasting them for poor results.

Basil Lee, 16,
Secondary 4 student

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 30, 2016, with the headline 'Reward children for their efforts'. Print Edition | Subscribe