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.