News analysis: Schools: Moving away from overemphasis on grades

Parents too can play a part in rekindling joy of learning

They need to look beyond grades and see long-term benefits of fewer exams for kids

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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 Work Plan 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 today for better results."

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 29, 2018, with the headline Parents too can play a part in rekindling joy of learning. Subscribe