Parents petition to review PSLE scoring system for those exempt from mother tongue languages

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

More than 600 have signed, saying system is unfair as scoring is now pegged too low

An online petition has been launched, calling for the Ministry of Education (MOE) to change the way that the new Primary School Leaving Examination scoring system will be applied to children exempted from studying mother tongue languages (MTL).

As of last night, the petition - posted on Change.org last Saturday by parent Marianne Wee, who works in public relations - had garnered more than 600 signatures.

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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 'Parents petition to review PSLE scoring system for those exempt from MTL'. Print Edition | Subscribe