New school year sees shift from exams, a test for some parents

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung with Primary 1 pupils at Huamin Primary School on Jan 2, 2019. Mr Ong had said that for every exam cut, teachers will get about three more weeks for curriculum time.
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung with Primary 1 pupils at Huamin Primary School on Jan 2, 2019. Mr Ong had said that for every exam cut, teachers will get about three more weeks for curriculum time.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - The first day of school can be nerve-racking for some children and their parents, but this year they can look forward to a shift from schools being examination heavy.

Primary 1 and 2 pupils will not need to sit any examinations from this year, while Secondary 1 students will skip the mid-year exams.

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