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MOE abolishes banding system for secondary schools

Posted by temasektimes on September 12, 2012

The Education Ministry has abolished the banding system for secondary schools which categorizes them into nine bands based on their students’ average grades in the GCE O’ Level examination.

For example, Band one consists of top schools, with a cut-off point of below 11 for the average aggregate grades.

The number of awards given to schools will also be reduced, one of them being the Masterplan of Awards which will be removed from 2014.

Speaking at MOE’s annual Work Plan Seminar today, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said:

“Both have led to much administrative work for schools, and fuelled public perception that schools are chasing awards. Having studied this for over a year now, we will make a major change. We will instead have a clear, simple framework to achieve and recognise school excellence.” 

Instead, the ministry will focus on recognising best practices in niche areas, such as teaching and learning, as well as students’ all-round development.

5 Responses to “MOE abolishes banding system for secondary schools”

  1. Blood suckers said

    Fuck lah. It actually took the MOE; A bloody bunch of so-called scholars to notice this problem? This elitism problem has been around for the past 2 decades already.

    Brainless bunch.

  2. optiomist said

    It is great news. Whoever implement this system is more suitbale in the private sector with a profit making mandate. Education is not his/her cup of tea.

  3. Goh Tong Seng said

    This is long overdue.

  4. Pete said

    Stupid MOE run school like enterprise corporation… The same thing apply to LTA, run public transport like enterprise to make mOney.

  5. Why it take so long to abolish it? said

    Why it take so long to abolish it?

    It do not required MOE to take so long time to make the change, if MOE have “real talent” or “open minded” person to listen to Singaporeans comments.

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