08 Jan '12, 11pm

To make all schools 'good', we need to stop judging them by students' grades alone: Voices

BUILDING consistent excellence in our schools is a noble ambition. As Education Minister Heng Swee Keat has expounded in the report "Excellence in all schools, not just some" (Dec 31), it is imperative for the Ministry of Education (MOE) to improve teaching-learning processes in each and every school. Moving forward, stakeholders should be increasingly aware that classroom success should not be based on academic performance per se, and the creation of economies of scale could diversify pathways for students. However, the biggest obstacle to Mr Heng's vision is that what renders a school "good" appears to be tied exclusively to results, seen from the pedantic focus on standardised examinations to the obsession over syllabuses. The proposition for all schools to be holistic value-adders is idealistic. Such expectations are unrealistic for the near future. For sustainable cha...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC120109-0000065/Econo...

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