Does Singapore education still need the Cambridge brand?

Students checking their A-level result slips last year in Nanyang Junior College, one of the four schools affected by the theft of exam scripts for Chemistry Paper 3 in 2017. The scripts were being delivered to an examiner in Britain in November that
Students checking their A-level result slips last year in Nanyang Junior College, one of the four schools affected by the theft of exam scripts for Chemistry Paper 3 in 2017. The scripts were being delivered to an examiner in Britain in November that year when they were stolen from a locked courier van.ST FILE PHOTO

Some question need for exams here to be linked to British group as S'pore sets teaching content

Each year, new certificates for more than 60,000 Singapore students bear the name of Cambridge - part of a longstanding relationship with the British-based examination group which dates back to 1892. That was when the first Cambridge local examinations were conducted here, at a time when Singapore was under colonial rule.

But nearly 130 years later - after it was revealed last month that 32 O-level Additional Mathematics Paper 2 scripts were lost on a train in Britain - questions are being raised on why Singapore continues to rely on Cambridge Assessment to set and mark its papers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on February 10, 2019, with the headline 'Does Singapore education still need the Cambridge brand?'. Print Edition | Subscribe