26 Sep '11, 10pm

PSLE : The Great Sieve Machine....

For parents with children that are 12 year old this must be a period of anxiety as the PSLE starts this week. When I took the PLSE many years ago, students only had pass/fail results. There was no score. The better students were broadly identified as belonging to the top 8% - I was not one of them and it didn't really matter. Many of the students in the top 8% chose to go to average secondary schools so you get a mix of good and bad students in the same secondary school - you sometimes have both good and not so good students in the same class. Today we differentiate primary school right down to the fine resolution of 1 in 300 points. You pass by a tuition center these days and you will notice they put up a list of top students - score of 280 for the top student...anything below 250 and you won't get on anybody's list. Competition starts young and differentiation starts you...

Full article: http://singaporemind.blogspot.com/2011/09/psle-great-siev...

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