Singapore Abolishes the First and Second Grade Examinations in Primary Schools

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Singapore Abolishes the First and Second Grade Examinations in Primary Schools


In order to promote the all-round development of students, the Ministry of Education of Singapore has decided to carry out a series of educational reforms from 2019 to make time for the all-round development of students and cultivate their enthusiasm for learning.


Contents of Singapore's Education Reform:


1. All examinations and score reports will be cancelled in the first and second grade of primary school, and students will not receive any test transcripts or any test results. (Execution time: 2019)


2. Cancellation of the mid-year examination in the first grade of junior middle school. (Execution time: 2019)


Because the students in the first grade of middle school are transiting from primary school to secondary school, canceling mid-year exams can give students more time to spend their energy adapting to middle school life.


3. Cancellation of mid-year examinations in grades 3, 5 and 3 of primary and secondary schools. (Implementation time: 2020)


Like the first grade of middle school, these are transitional years, in which students will be exposed to more difficult teaching content. After cancelling mid-year exams, students can focus on real learning rather than preparing for exams.


4. Change of Notice of Achievement (Execution Time: 2019)


The transcript will no longer record the following contents: class ranking, position in the standard value, progress report - deletion of track of students'examination results, percentage ranking of each subject - compared with peers, total score - after the reform, only reflect the total percentage and rounded to an integer, all scores will be rounded to an integer, do not emphasize the passing standard score is what.


5. Mixed Ability Classes (Execution Time: 2019)


There is no longer a division of classes based on grades, and there is no distinction between "excellent students" and "poor students" by scores. On the contrary, the traditional definition of "excellent students" and "poor students" will be mixed in the same class to learn.


6. Changes in Scholarship Standards (Execution Time: 2019)


In the past, Singapore would grant scholarships ranging from $200 to $350 to pupils and junior high school students who scored top in the exams. After the reform, scholarships will be awarded to students with good learning attitude. This reform is limited to grades 1 to 3 in primary schools.


The goal of this reform is to weaken the importance of examinations, cancel the single-dimensional consideration of human beings, and make learning a lifelong enjoyment, rather than learning for the sake of examinations. Singapore's Ministry of Education is aware of the heavy academic burden and over-emphasis on test scores is hampering a child's overall development.


Singapore Education Minister Wang Yikang stressed that education reform will continue and that the goal of education should be to cultivate talents adapted to the future society.

Singapore Abolishes the First and Second Grade Examinations in Primary Schools


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