Schools in Singapore Cuts Mid-Year Examinations for Several Levels, Says ‘Learning Is Not a Competition’

Aiming to foster the spirit of learning in their students, schools in Singapore are cutting mid-year examinations. This is applicable to students in the Primary 3 and 5 as well as Secondary 1 and 3 levels.

Schools in Singapore Eliminate Examinations

While they keep up with their school work, students miss out on many essential things. They forget to socialize and interact with their peers as well as their families.

In an interview with Straightimes, Education Minister Ong Ye Kung stated that “Learn for Life is a value, an attitude and a skill that our students need to possess, and it is fundamental in ensuring that education remains an uplifting force in society.”

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By 2019, Primary 2 students will no longer have graded assessments and examinations, giving them 2 test-free years. This will enable them to focus on their own individual learning.

Moreover, Primary 3 to Secondary 5 will no longer have more than one weighted assessment per subject every school year.

Additional changes made from Ong Ye Kung includes the adjustment of the Holistic Development Profile (HDP). The HDP will no longer indicate the class and level positions of the students. This reinforces his belief that learning is not a competition.