All have part to play in reducing exam stress

The changes to the Primary School Leaving Examination system has generated much debate ("New PSLE scoring system to have 8 grade bands"; July 14).

A prominent point brought up by many people is that the new system could put more pressure on students.

The general discourse regarding the PSLE changes is worrying - we should not be ruminating about whether the PSLE relieves exam pressure, as this cannot be achieved solely by the Ministry of Education (MOE).

A less picked up statement by MOE is that it hopes these changes will prompt parents to pick schools based more on their children's learning and interests. This is a step in the right direction.

Ultimately, relieving exam stress on children boils down to the expectations people have of them.

Are we able to tell our children that even if they do not score well in exams, they will find a good job? That if they don't get into a top-tier school, they can still lead an exemplary life?

The answer to these should be yes.

Ang Ter Shien