Singapore abolishes school exam rankings, says learning is not competition

By Clement Edward Kumsah
Singapore

Whether a child finishes first or last will no longer be indicated in primary and secondary school report books from next year in Singapore, – a move which Education Minister Ong Ye Kung hopes will show students that “learning is not a competition”.

Singapore : Report books will not just stop showing a student’s position in relation to class or cohort. The information to be dropped includes:

Class and level mean
Minimum and maximum marks
Underlining and/or colouring of failing marks
Pass/fail for end-of-year result
Mean subject grades
Overall total marks
L1R5 (English plus five relevant subjects), L1R4 , EMB3 (English, maths, best three subjects) and EMB1 for lower secondary levels
The Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Friday (Sept 28) that the change is to allow each student to focus on his or her learning progress and discourage them from being overly concerned about comparisons.

From next year all examinations for Primary 1 and 2 pupils will also be removed, and whatever forms of assessment they have will not count towards an overall grade.

“Notwithstanding, the report book should still contain some form of yardstick and information to allow students to judge their relative performance, and evaluate their strengths and weaknesses.”

Credit: StraitTimes