Mixed effects on pupils of different abilities (Opinion, Page A22)

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

The Straits Times

In today’s edition of The Straits Times, there was an article contribution by Dr Kelvin Seah Kah Cheng, a lecturer from the Department of Economics at the NUS Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, in which he discussed the replacement of the current PSLE T-score system with the eight wider grade bands from 2021. Dr Seah opined that the recent changes are likely to blunt competition for top scorers but may lead parents of pupils with average ability to push them harder. He added that how parents will respond to the new scoring system will depend on three factors: where they view their child on the academic distribution; how averse they are to risks; and how variable is the child’s past performance.

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