Shift from overemphasis on grades

Details on kids' progress still needed, say parents after MOE move

They want school updates on grades, skills and character growth

The MOE outlined a number of changes over the next few years, from having fewer examinations to dropping certain information from report cards.
The MOE outlined a number of changes over the next few years, from having fewer examinations to dropping certain information from report cards.PHOTO: ST FILE

Taking away precise academic markers may help to reduce the competition for grades, but some parents worry that they may not be able to gauge where their child stands in a cohort.

While they commended the move by the Ministry of Education (MOE) to remove indicators such as class rankings from report books, they also said that schools must keep them informed of their children's learning progress - not just academically, but also in other aspects such as skills and character.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 30, 2018, with the headline 'Parents: Details on kids' progress still needed'. Subscribe