Singapore’s education system is renowned for its rigorous curriculum and exceptional standards. Currently, the streaming system divides students into Integrated Programme(IP), Express Stream and Normal Stream based on their performance in primary school. This has led to concerns about students being labeled at a young age and being limited in their options for further education.
Current Education Pathway
From 2024 onwards, the Singapore Ministry of Education (MOE) will be abolishing the streaming system in secondary schools. This is a significant change to Singapore’s education system, which has been in place for over 40 years. This means that all students will be offered the same curriculum, regardless of their academic ability.
What exactly does MOE change?
Starting from 2024, when local secondary schools fully implement Full Subject Based Banding (FSBB), primary school graduates will still be allocated to secondary schools based on their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results. Students in the first scoring band will initially take more G1 subjects, while students in the third scoring band will take more G3 subjects. However, as time progresses, students will have the flexibility to choose subjects of different difficulty levels as they discover their own interests and academic strengths.
**G1, G2, and G3 are the three bands in the new subject-based banding system. G1 is the most challenging band, while G3 is the least challenging band. Students will be placed in different bands based on their subject choices and abilities.
For example, a student who is strong in Mathematics and Science may be placed in G1 Mathematics and G1 Science, while a student who is weaker in Mathematics and Science may be placed in G2 Mathematics and G2 Science.
Students will be able to move between bands at the end of each year, based on their academic performance. This means that students who improve academically will be able to move up to a higher band, while students who struggle academically will be able to move down to a lower band.
As parents, what can you do?
Talk to your child about their interests and abilities:
Help your child to identify their strengths and weaknesses. This will help them to choose the subjects that are most appropriate for them.
Encourage your child to explore different subjects:
Don’t be afraid to let your child try new subjects. This will help them to discover their passions and to find subjects that they are good at.
Support your child’s learning:
Help your child to develop good study habits and to stay motivated. This will help them to succeed in their studies, regardless of which band they are placed in.
With FSBB, Students may have more flexibility in choosing their subjects and may not feel pressured to perform well in order to be placed in a higher stream. They will be able to take subjects that they are interested in and that they are good at. They will also be able to take subjects that are necessary for their future career goals.
However, there are also some potential challenges associated with the abolition of streaming. For example, school teachers may need to adjust their teaching methods to meet the needs of a more diverse range of students. Additionally, some students may find it challenging to keep up with the pace of the new curriculum.
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