MOE: Scoring must reflect importance of mother tongue

In a picture taken on Oct 29, 2017, children attend a Chinese class at Han Language Centre in Eastpoint Mall.
In a picture taken on Oct 29, 2017, children attend a Chinese class at Han Language Centre in Eastpoint Mall.PHOTO: ST FILE
Responding to the petition yesterday, the Ministry of Education explained the new scores and said that its rationale is grounded in its educational philosophy of underscoring the importance of studying the mother tongue languages.
In response to the suggestion of offering Asian and foreign languages at the PSLE level, the MOE said the demand and number of such candidates in Singapore is extremely small.ST FILE PHOTO

The Ministry of Education (MOE) said the rationale for the scoring policy for pupils exempt from mother tongue languages (MTL) needs to be grounded in its educational philosophy, with importance placed on the study of MTL.

It said: "As Foundation-level subjects will be pegged to AL6 to AL8, it is not fair if another student exempt from MTL examinations at PSLE can be assigned a score better than AL6, especially when many students, including those with special educational needs, have opted to offer Foundation MTL and not seek exemption.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 13, 2019, with the headline 'MOE: Scoring must reflect importance of mother tongue'. Print Edition | Subscribe