Thinking Aloud

Streaming changes: Evolutionary, bold but not far enough

The move to end streaming is bold, but also evolutionary. Before the changes kick in, in 2024, MOE should also rethink the Integrated Programme to prevent elite fortresses forming in the education system.

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On Tuesday, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung told Singaporeans that from 2024, streaming will be replaced with a system that lets students study subjects at different levels instead of the levels they were streamed into. He was careful not to use the word scrap, abolish or end.

But the effect of the changes is that streaming as Singaporeans have understood it for four decades will end.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 10, 2019, with the headline Streaming changes: Evolutionary, bold but not far enough. Subscribe