Is it fair for students to take O-level maths exam right after Deepavali?
TNP PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: Gavin Foo WHEN she realised she had to sit for her O-level mathematics paper on the day after Deepavali, her heart sank. Not again, thought Secondary 4 student S. Sandhiya, 15. Three years ago, her brother was in her position. He sat for his O-level combined-humanities paper a day after Deepavali. Mr Pandiyan V., general secretary of the Tamils Representative Council, an umbrella body for 35 Tamil organisations, wrote in to the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) about the scheduling issue. SEAB chief executive Tan Lay Choo yesterday explained why the board has no choice. "With more than 100 examination papers to be scheduled in 18 days, we have tried our best to minimise scheduling conflicts and inconvenience for candidates as far as possible," he said. More in The New Paper on Saturday (Sept 10).