New school year kicks off with new app for parents

Primary 1 children at Huamin Primary School having their first recess as parents kept an eye on them yesterday. The new school year sees a shift away from an exam-heavy curriculum, with Primary 1 and 2 pupils no longer having to sit any exams, among
Primary 1 children at Huamin Primary School having their first recess as parents kept an eye on them yesterday. The new school year sees a shift away from an exam-heavy curriculum, with Primary 1 and 2 pupils no longer having to sit any exams, among other changes the MOE announced last year.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

A mobile application to improve communication between parents and schools at the primary, secondary and junior college levels was launched yesterday by Education Minister Ong Ye Kung.

Besides getting updates on school programmes and activities, parents can use the app, named Parents Gateway, to provide consent for their children to participate in school activities.

The new school year sees a shift in education, with Primary 1 and 2 pupils no longer having to sit any examinations. Secondary 1 students will skip the mid-year exams and, over the next two years, Primary 3, Primary 5 and Secondary 3 students will also no longer need to sit the mid-year exams.

The changes, announced last year by the Ministry of Education, are to reduce excessive focus on grades and to help students discover the joy of learning.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 03, 2019, with the headline 'New school year kicks off with new app for parents'. Print Edition | Subscribe