Parents upset over PSLE 2019 maths paper: Experts say tough questions assess range of skill

Many expect clear-cut answers, but experts say tough questions assess range of skills

One question in this year's Primary School Leaving Examination mathematics paper asked pupils to figure out patterns in a set of triangles.
One question in this year's Primary School Leaving Examination mathematics paper asked pupils to figure out patterns in a set of triangles.PHOTO: COURTESY OF STUDY ROOM/KIASUPARENTS FORUM

Question: Why do parents seem to frequently find fault with "difficult" mathematics questions at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), as they did this year?

Answer: That is because mathematics is the only subject which is seen to have a clear-cut formula for doing well, said tutors.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 04, 2019, with the headline 'Why PSLE maths papers can upset parents'. Subscribe