Parents must play a part in helping their children discover the joy of learning

SINGAPORE - When announcing the changes to mid-year examinations and report cards to educators earlier this week, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung stressed the importance of getting parents, "the most important stakeholders", on board.

He had told school heads gathered at the annual schools' workplan seminar: "We will need to show parents that the reduction does not compromise on academic rigour. Instead, we are optimising the number of assessments students have to sit for today for better results."

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