Early this morning, the print edition of Straits Times updated parents with additional information about the impact of the new subject-based banding for secondary schools in 2024. This is our analysis.
Yesterday, Education minister Ong Ye Kung announced that the current system of streaming in secondary schools will be replaced by subject-based banding. A new 2024 Singapore Common national examination and certification framework will ensure that all secondary school students end up sitting for the same exam and end up with one type of certificate.
Today, MOE announced that from 2019 onwards, P1 and P2 students will no longer have any form of weighted assessment and exams. Meanwhile, P3 and P5 students will not be having SA1 exams after 2020.
Singapore students excel in critical thinking
In 2016, a random sample of 5,000 students in Singapore topped the global PISA scores for English, Mathematics and Science. The 3 yearly PISA tests are designed by OECD. More than 60 countries around the world participate in the study. 15 year olds across the globe are tested to gauge how well they apply their knowledge to solve problems. In other words, PISA tests students on their critical thinking skills.
Hunched over books, some with pens for jotting down notes while others are busily highlighting passages. Every day, millions of students go through the ritual of studying for tests and exams. Assuming that all else is equal, what is it that distinguishes those who do well from those who don’t do as well?
We will discuss about some of the most popular learning strategies and explain how tweaking them can make a difference.