Why they proposed streaming in schools 40 years ago

Two members of Goh Keng Swee's team look back to 40 years ago when they proposed making streaming key to the then new education system

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They were known by different names: system engineers, the "daring dozen" or the "Goh" team.

Their mission in 1978 was to fix a broken education system, where students were dropping out of school with low levels of literacy and having trouble even staying in secondary school.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 17, 2019, with the headline Why they proposed streaming in schools 40 years ago. Subscribe