14 Sep '11, 2am

"National exams should provide fair, equal chance for all pupils. The 'O'-Level schedule is unfair to Hindu students"

We thank the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board for its reply "Exam timings planned with care" (Sept 10). The purpose of a national examination is to provide a fair and equal chance for all pupils to do their best. The 'O'-Level schedule is unfair to Hindu students. The SEAB's desire to meet the other requirements, such as marking, is valid but cannot and should not supersede the fundamental objective of why we conduct national exams. Mathematics may be a less content-intensive subject from an educationist's point of view. But for many pupils, it is a challenging subject and requires full concentration. Only a fraction of pupils score A1 for 'O'-Level mathematics. The SEAB's letter, while not conceding that the schedule is unfair, does infer toward that point, as it had attempted to make it fair to Hindu students by not scheduling the paper on the eve of Deepavali...

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