End of streaming: Taking away labels will shore up students' confidence

SINGAPORE - At long last, the Education Ministry has taken the step to do away with the Normal-Express divide in secondary schools.

What will take its place is subject-based banding, where over four years in secondary school, students will take a combination of subjects at different levels according to their strengths. At the end of the fourth year, they will sit a new common exam. They will leave school with a certificate that will list the subjects they took, at which level and the grades they attained.

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