Secondary 1 students this year will use a different system to gauge their progress in their co-curricular programmes.
The Ministry of Education on Thursday announced that it will put in place a framework that will reward students who strive to be more well-rounded. The new system, called Leaps 2.0, will do away with grades from A1 to E8, and replace them with three bands - Excellent, Good and Fair. The "Excellent" band will be the equivalent of the current 'A' grade, which allows students to deduct two bonus points for entry to a polytechnic or junior college.
The way students are evaluated will also change. Currently, students obtain an 'A1' grade when they chalk up 25 points or more in five areas - leadership, enrichment, achievement, participation and service - once they leave secondary school.
Some categories like leadership and achievement hold more weighting than others as well. With the new framework, the enrichment category will not contribute to a student's final band, and equal weighting will be given to all remaining categories, to encourage students to be all-rounders. To get an 'Excellent' band, a student would also need to obtain a level 4 out of 5 in one domain, and a level 3 for the rest. Secondary 2 to 5 students will continue with the current system until 2017.