Students get option to switch subjects mid-stream at Boon Lay Secondary

Boon Lay Secondary School teacher Sim Siok Siok with her student Esther Soon, a Normal Technical student who joined a Normal Academic art class through the pilot programme. The new scheme allows students to take "out-of-stream" subjects - a concept s
Boon Lay Secondary School teacher Sim Siok Siok with her student Esther Soon, a Normal Technical student who joined a Normal Academic art class through the pilot programme. The new scheme allows students to take "out-of-stream" subjects - a concept similar to subject-based banding, where students take subjects at a higher or lower level based on their strengths.ST PHOTO: KELLY HUI

Programme at Boon Lay Sec allows students to try subjects outside their combination

Back when he was a secondary school student, Mr Tan Chor Pang did not meet the school's criteria to be offered the Additional Mathematics subject but instead of giving up, he and a group of friends signed up for night classes meant for adults.

After attending classes for six months, they struck a deal with their own school to let them take the subject and, eventually, one of them took it as an O-level subject.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 16, 2019, with the headline 'Students get option to switch subjects mid-stream'. Print Edition | Subscribe