Schools: Moving away from overemphasis on grades

Fewer exams: Commonly asked questions

The aim of adjusting the school-based assessment structures is to reduce the overemphasis on academic results and to nurture a stronger intrinsic motivation to learn in students, says the Ministry of Education. It added that parents' support and part
The aim of adjusting the school-based assessment structures is to reduce the overemphasis on academic results and to nurture a stronger intrinsic motivation to learn in students, says the Ministry of Education. It added that parents' support and partnership are crucial in making the changes impactful to students.ST FILE PHOTO

Schools will cut down on examinations across different levels, in an effort to move away from an overemphasis on academic results. From next year, all examinations and weighted assessments that count towards a final grade for Primary 1 and 2 pupils will be removed, and over the next three years, mid-year examinations at the Primary 3, Primary 5, Secondary 1 and 3 levels - which are key transition years - will be scrapped.

MOE: Both weighted and non-weighted assessments are conducted to check for understanding and to use the information to support students in achieving the intended learning outcomes. Teachers conduct these assessments to find out what students have learnt, provide them with feedback on learning gaps and their mastery of concepts, and improve teaching and learning. Information from these assessments also serves to provide a gauge of students' academic competencies and readiness for the next level of education.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2018, with the headline 'Fewer exams: Commonly asked questions'. Print Edition | Subscribe