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Taking away labels will shore up students' confidence

At long last, the Education Ministry has taken the step to do away with the Normal-Express divide in secondary schools.

What will take its place is subject-based banding, where over four years in secondary school, students will take a combination of subjects at different levels according to their strengths.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2019, with the headline 'Taking away labels will shore up students' confidence'. Print Edition | Subscribe