Working Together to Deliver the Best for Our Children. MOE abolishes secondary school banding system and cuts awards

WPS 2012 – Working Together to Deliver the Best for Our Children

First, homework. Schools are to issue a homework guideline and do better to coordinate the amount of homework given, as a one-size-fits-all approach for all schools will not work.

Second, schools and exams will not be run assuming that students have external tuition. Third, MOE will look into how to better support schools in pitching the level of difficulty for assessments appropriately.

Beyond tackling the symptoms of stress, Minister urges everyone to consider what we really want for our children to succeed in life and how as a society, we can continue to flourish as a nation.

 

WPS 2012 – Every School, a Good School

To enable every student to be an engaged learner, Every School has to be a Good School. Minister shares his belief that a “good school” nurtures engaged learners, enables teachers to be caring educators and has supportive partners.

From this year onwards, MOE will abolish banding of schools by their absolute academic results and re-align the school excellence and recognition framework. We will aim for a diversity of schools to each have its own niche and peak of excellence. MOE will commit $55 million over the next 5 years to achieve this. In allocating resources to schools, we will study a needs-based approach to it.

by Ministry of Education, Singapore

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MOE abolishes secondary school banding system and cuts awards

SINGAPORE: The Education Ministry has abolished the secondary school banding system, as part of efforts to ensure that “every school is a good school”.

The banding system, which was introduced in 2004, categorises secondary schools into nine bands.

Band one consists of top schools, with a cut-off point of below 11 for the average aggregate grades in the GCE O’ Level examination.

The Ministry of Education will also reduce the number of awards it gives out to schools.

It will also remove the Masterplan of Awards from 2014.

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

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat announced the changes at the ministry’s annual Work Plan Seminar on Wednesday.

– CNA/xq

File photo: Education Minister Heng Swee Keat

Source : MOE abolishes secondary school banding system and cuts awards

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