PSLE just a stepping stone in life

Many pupils deem the PSLE as the exam that seems to decide their future and find it daunting as well as frightening.

However, it does not have to be every Primary 6 pupil's nightmare.

I have just sat the PSLE and I encourage my peers to view the PSLE as just another major exam we have to take. It would be less stressful if we think of the PSLE this way.

We have so many more exams to take in our stressful education system.

Many of my friends' parents would try to make them study for five to six hours at a stretch.

This is counterproductive and can make 12-year-old children like us miserable and stressed.

It is more effective for parents to give their children a short break of half an hour to unwind and relax after two to three hours of studying.

This would make studying easier to cope with.

Getting sufficient sleep is also important. It helps us to focus better during revision and exams, and is also vital for our emotional, physical and mental well-being.

Even though the PSLE is significant as it determines which secondary school we go to, it is just a small stepping stone in life.

Our education journey is a long marathon and not a sprint.

Lauren Yeo Jen-Yin, 12,

Primary 6 pupil