06 Sep '11, 4am

Could school exams board consider not scheduling O-level papers right after festive holidays?: Voices

I WOULD like to draw the attention of the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) to the fact that a core subject in the O-level examination is scheduled for the day after a festive holiday. The Mathematics paper is on Oct 27 and Deepavali falls on Oct 26. All students who are celebrating the festival are at a disadvantage, as they will not be able to concentrate fully when preparing for the paper. Although the paper starts at 2.30pm, it may not be enough to substantiate the rationale of "providing extra time" for preparation. After all, it is a festive season. Ironically, those who do not celebrate the festival get 1.5 days more preparation time, including the public holiday. In fact, the same thing happened three years ago. I understand that the SEAB had discussions with the Tamils Representative Council with regard to the concerns raised back then in the news...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC110906-0000299/A-fes...

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