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'Learning is not competition':Singapore abolish school rankings

"Learning is not a competition," Singaporean's Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung told the 1,700 Singaporean school leaders. Singapore has decided to abolish the traditional educational ranking system for primary and secondary school.

The following information which will going to abolish from the report next year are 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, and L1R5 (English plus five relevant subjects), L1R4, EMB3, (Enlglish, maths, best three subjects) and EMB1 for lower secondary levels.

The move on changing the educational system will allow each student to focus on his or her learning progress and discourage them from being overly concerned about comparison.

The examinations for primary 1 and 2 pupils will also be removed from next year.

"I know that 'coming in first or second', in class or level, has traditionally been proud recognition of a student's achievement," Ong said in the report."but removing these indicators is for a good reason, so that the child understands from young that learning is not a competition, but a self-discipline they need to master for life."

Ong clarified that parents will continue to be informed of the progress of their children during parent-teachers meetings. Teachers will continue to track progress through discussions, homework and quizzes but will use other 'qualitative descriptors," instead of marks (fail/pass) and grades.

According to study reported by the Organisation for economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published last year, "Singapore students, known worldwide for academic excellence, also experience high levels of anxiety and have been exposed to bullying."


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