End of streaming: Worries over mixing with Normal students may drive parents to chase IP schools

Concern over social mixing may drive parents to target IP and G3-only schools

The Integrated Programme schools, which allow students to skip the O levels and go straight to their A levels or International Baccalaureate, along with schools which take in only Express stream students, will be largely untouched by the move to repl
The Integrated Programme schools, which allow students to skip the O levels and go straight to their A levels or International Baccalaureate, along with schools which take in only Express stream students, will be largely untouched by the move to replace streaming with full subject-based banding, where students study subjects at varying difficulty levels.ST FILE PHOTO

Most Singaporeans have cheered the latest move to scrap streaming and improve social mixing in secondary schools, but some have voiced concerns that a seemingly privileged group of schools have been left out of the picture.

The Integrated Programme (IP) schools, which allow students to skip the O levels and go straight to their A levels or International Baccalaureate, along with schools which take in only Express stream students, will be largely untouched by the changes.

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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 'End of streaming: How will changes affect IP schools?'. Subscribe