Want to work with us? Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar from the Ang Mo Kio GRC said that by sorting the secondary level students into Express and Normal streams it “creates and entrenches the self-limiting belief… that they are only as good as the academic stream they are in”. Write CSS OR LESS and hit save. 2. How do we eliminate poverty and homelessness in Singapore? Trust and empathy cannot be built deeply when Singaporeans are physically segregated from young”. When Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the PSLE T-scores will be removed, he calls PSLE as one of the most important examinations and said that many believe it “determines a large part of a student’s future”. Send in your story suggestions or comments to, When the curiosity and love for learning is snuffed out when one is young, it will be hard to re-ignite it after one’s formal school years when he leaves the school gate, As the stakes of academic scores become higher, parentocracy will restrict social mobility and can unfairly deprive those with lesser resources and networks, undermining the development of their potential, “One of the most effective ways of keeping our country safe, secure and empathic is to forge relationships of acceptance and trust amongst citizens of different abilities, faiths, and socio-economic status; during one’s growing up years, in natural settings. 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Kiasu parents are always obsessed with placing their children in a top school. On 27 Jan, Ms Denise Phua, representative of Jalan Besar GRC, raised a few issues regarding the education system in Parliament. Parentocracy is a phenomena in which a child’s education is shaped according to the wishes and opportunities that can be afforded by their parents. CPF, Insurance, Welfare: Is the … Mr Png wants the ministry to study the billion-dollar tuition culture here to help educators formulate better policies, since parents are sending their children to tution classes. In 2013, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said “The PSLE T-scores will eventually be removed and replaced with bands similar to those used for O’ and A’ levels” but it will take several years before this is implemented. By obsessing over perfect scores, parents are turning the education system into a lethal battlefield where only the affluent who can afford extra tuition has the upper hand. By registering, you agree to our T&C and Privacy Policy. By removing the T-scores, students will now aim for the perfect A instead and according to Ms Phua, “We will be back to square one” which brings us to the next point. Under the DSA, schools reserve places for students who have achievements and talents in sports, arts, and other programs. Special Needs Education In Singapore. On 27 Jan, Ms Denise Phua, representative of Jalan Besar GRC, raised a few issues regarding the education system in Parliament. CTRL + SPACE for auto-complete. Their learning journey is regularlypunctuated by streaming, in which students are sorted into different academic programmes based on their performance in standardised exams. Ms Phua wishes to integrate these children of many talents together as they are able to learn and empathize from one another. If parents cannot afford to send their children to tuition, their children will most likely be at an disadvantage as they are deprived of such resources. Must Share News – Independent News For Singaporeans, 10 Major Problems With The Singapore Education System, As Raised by MPs, Talk to us! However, Mr Png Eng Huat (Hougang SMC) questioned the effectiveness of MOE’s “teach less, learn more” program, which trimmed syllabuses to give students more time to learn on their own. Children who are naturally talented but does not have the means to nurture it will lose out. There are many different types. When we talk about Special Needs Education, these two terms will often be heard: ‘integration’ and ‘inclusion’. All rights reserved. Here are 11 problematic issues with the education system as raised by the MPs in detail: Working hard and wanting to do well in examinations are not the issue, as addressed by Ms Phua but the obsession over wanting perfect grades is the issue. Here they are, in alphabetical order: 1. No. The PSLEconstitutes the first major hurdle of the doe-eyed student. Even in my batch for example, some didn’t do well in their studies but were extremely good rugby players.”, “Don’t become a yardstick society in which we aimlessly, blindly chase goals regardless of what we’re good at. However, this will not solve the issue at hand — which is the obsession with academic scores and Parentocracy. Talk to us! Ms Phua recognises the DSA is only an exercise that the affluent can afford. Singapore’s increasingly unhealthy education system. Mr Phua suggests that it is quite impossible for a child at 12 years of age to understand the consequences of major exams. 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During a speech by Chan Chun Sing to the St Gallen Symposium Singapore Forum, he said  “I spoke to group of parents who said the system was too difficult, too rigid, too much tuition… So I asked, ‘Will you stop sending your son to tuition?’ And they said yes, they will stop if their neighbours stop first.”. Mr Chan added, “Don’t become a yardstick society in which we aimlessly, blindly chase goals regardless of what we’re good at. Until we resolve the issues, subscribers need not log in to access ST Digital articles. Home › issue 41 mar / apr 2013 › Special Education in Singapore. Have news to share? Two special education schools to be redeveloped and located at new joint campus in 2025 Nov 5, 2020, 11:53 am What it takes to help students with behavioural issues Basically, kiasu parents will do everything in their ability to make sure their children has a bright future in Singapore. Special needs used to be something new and foreign to teachers. She said “One of the most effective ways of keeping our country safe, secure and empathic is to forge relationships of acceptance and trust amongst citizens of different abilities, faiths, and socio-economic status; during one’s growing up years, in natural settings.