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MOE to scrap Banding for Secondary Schools

Postby Kissgurami » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:37 pm

Breaking News

The Education Ministry will scrap the banding of secondary schools in a move to encourage parents to look beyond academic results when picking a school for their child.

This was announced by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat at the ministry's annual workplan seminar this morning, which outlined priorities for the year ahead.

Currently, secondary schools are banded based on O-Level results, with Band 1 being the top band. Some schools, such as IP schools, are not banded. This information is given to parents, some of whom use it as a yardstick when deciding where to enrol their children.

However, the Ministry said it would continue to provide information, such as the value-addedness of schools. This measures the progress of students during their secondary school years.

Mr Heng also announced that some secondary school awards, such as the School Excellence Award, will be scrapped so that schools can focus on the core task of educating students.

The Ministry will also pump in $55 million over the next five years for every school to build its own niche area. These niche areas could range from the visual arts to wushu.

In his speech, he also urged schools to better manage the amount of homework given to students.

Schools should not set exams assuming that students have external tuition, he added. Excessive tuition, he said, can be harmful if students over-learn and become bored in class.

http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-ne ... s-20120912

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Re: MOE to scrap Banding for Secondary Schools

Postby Daddy D » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:40 pm

I like this... but how to enforce? Ban tuition centers?

In his speech, he also urged schools to better manage the amount of homework given to students.

Schools should not set exams assuming that students have external tuition, he added. Excessive tuition, he said, can be harmful if students over-learn and become bored in class.

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Re: MOE to scrap Banding for Secondary Schools

Postby Kissgurami » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:44 pm

Daddy D wrote:
I like this... but how to enforce? Ban tuition centers?



Baby step is ensuring it isnt the school teachers or school to even suggest to parents about going to tuition centers and probably not setting standards way beyond what the school is teaching?

Banning tuition centers , IMO won't work
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Re: MOE to scrap Banding for Secondary Schools

Postby vlim » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:46 pm

Kissgurami wrote:Breaking News

The Education Ministry will scrap the banding of secondary schools in a move to encourage parents to look beyond academic results when picking a school for their child.

This was announced by Education Minister Heng Swee Keat at the ministry's annual workplan seminar this morning, which outlined priorities for the year ahead.

Currently, secondary schools are banded based on O-Level results, with Band 1 being the top band. Some schools, such as IP schools, are not banded. This information is given to parents, some of whom use it as a yardstick when deciding where to enrol their children.

However, the Ministry said it would continue to provide information, such as the value-addedness of schools. This measures the progress of students during their secondary school years.

Mr Heng also announced that some secondary school awards, such as the School Excellence Award, will be scrapped so that schools can focus on the core task of educating students.

The Ministry will also pump in $55 million over the next five years for every school to build its own niche area. These niche areas could range from the visual arts to wushu.

In his speech, he also urged schools to better manage the amount of homework given to students.

Schools should not set exams assuming that students have external tuition, he added. Excessive tuition, he said, can be harmful if students over-learn and become bored in class.

http://www.straitstimes.com/breaking-ne ... s-20120912


that is so true for my p4's dd Science paper..... :skeptical:

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Re: MOE to scrap Banding for Secondary Schools

Postby PapayaDad » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:48 pm

part of efforts to ensure that "every school is a good school".

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/ ... 28/1/.html

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Re: MOE to scrap Banding for Secondary Schools

Postby jtoh » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:52 pm

With so many of the top schools going IP and not taking O level, there would be a big change in the Band 1 schools. One of the reasons for doing away with banding.

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Re: MOE to scrap Banding for Secondary Schools

Postby Kissgurami » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:53 pm

Just curious, by scrapping the banding, what does it mean for cut off points?

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Re: MOE to scrap Banding for Secondary Schools

Postby Guest » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:56 pm

Kissgurami wrote:Breaking News

In his speech, he also urged schools to better manage the amount of homework given to students.

Schools should not set exams assuming that students have external tuition, he added. Excessive tuition, he said, can be harmful if students over-learn and become bored in class.



I like these 2 changes if school can make it happen.
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Re: MOE to scrap Banding for Secondary Schools

Postby Lilac66 » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:56 pm

Daddy D wrote:I like this... but how to enforce? Ban tuition centers?

In his speech, he also urged schools to better manage the amount of homework given to students.

Schools should not set exams assuming that students have external tuition, he added. Excessive tuition, he said, can be harmful if students over-learn and become bored in class.


He's referring to school homework. Whether the child has tuition is the parent's prerogative. But if schools can be convinced that they should not set exams assuming students have tuition, I believe the impact on the tuition industry will slowly be felt.

It's a good move for sure! :rahrah:

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Re: MOE to scrap Banding for Secondary Schools

Postby Guest » Wed Sep 12, 2012 12:58 pm

Kissgurami wrote:Just curious, by scrapping the banding, what does it mean for cut off points?


COP is partly determined by demand right? So previous year COP will be used as the guide to determine if one should choose the school?
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