The bland, non-committal statement released by the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board that no Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) candidate was affected by the recent train delays, appeared to appease no one (No excuse slip needed for train delays: Exams board; Sept 29).
It failed to empathise with pupils who suffered from anxiety and added stress because of the delay, and possibly a drop in the standard of their performance.
Even though the full duration of the paper was given to those who were late, pupils who arrive at the exam hall mentally flustered and ruffled cannot be expected to perform at their best.
To be fair, pupils caught in such circumstances through no fault of their own should be allowed to sit the exam another day.
It would be the most sensible course of action for the Education Ministry to take.
As the PSLE is an important exam that can affect the child's future, I think every pupil is entitled to the right to sit take the exam when they are at their optimal best .
Seah Yam Meng