05 Oct '11, 2am

Poor students in Singapore can score just as well as those who are better-off, international test reveals

Poor students in Singapore can score just as well as those who are better-off, international test reveals

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat with pupils from Beacon Primary using laptops during an English language class yesterday. He said his ministry would continue to help more schools become 'good' ones with innovative programmes to bring out the best in children. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN By Sandra Davie, Senior Writer An international test which showed Singapore students excelling in mathematics, science and reading also revealed that poor children here can perform as well as those who are better-off. Besides testing maths, science and reading ability, the Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) in 2009 also compared the socio-economic background of students against their test scores. The results, released at the end of last year, found that across education systems, better-off students do better academically. But in some education systems, among them Singapore...

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