Singapore’s education changes won’t stop paper chase – because employers still look at grades first

Sandra Davie

I expected parents to cheer the recent announcements made by the Ministry of Education (MOE), but going by the chatter on online forums and the e-mails I received, they were full of complaints instead.

The MOE made two significant moves to shift the focus of children and parents away from grades and winning a place in a top secondary school to building aptitude and finding the right school, not the top school.

Acting Education Minister (Schools) Ng Chee Meng announced during the debate on his ministry’s budget that the new Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) scoring system – where pupils will be given letter grades and placed in “wider bands” – will come into effect in 2021.

Admissions into secondary schools will also change and MOE will…

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