Phasing out streaming: First step to decreasing educational inequality

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After four decades, the "sacred cow" of streaming will be slaughtered in 2024. In its place is subject-based banding, although students will continue to be allocated to secondary schools based on three broad categories. At Secondary 4, all students will take a common examination and receive a common certificate.

This change is important, as years of research on streaming (or ability-based tracking as it is known in the international scholarship) have shown that it leads to greater inequality in student performance, and is related to lower inter-generational mobility.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 09, 2019, with the headline Phasing out streaming: First step to decreasing educational inequality. Subscribe