Exemption from MT (Chinese)

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Exemption from MT (Chinese)

Postby Gxmas » Wed Sep 19, 2012 6:45 pm

Hello evryone! I am a newbie and I hope to learn from all the wonderful parents here :smile:

I would like to understand how the education path/options of a child would be affected if he/she is exempted from MT.

My DS1 is in P2 and he is midly dyslexic. Though he really dislikes Chinese, he handles the current work well as he has excellent memory. I have been advised to obtain exemption from Chinese so that we can spend time and resources building his strengths instead of getting him Chinese tuition at a later stage. He would likely start to struggle at higher levels.

My DH is against it. He thinks that we just need to spend more time and effort in the subject and DS1 will do well. I am concerned that his overall performance would be affected by this weaker subject. It is a strategic decision in a way..... But I am not sure how his progress would be affected then. For instance, an IB program requires MT as pre-requisite (pls correct me if I am wrong, thanks :smile: ) I'm just wondering whether we are limiting his option by the exemption.

Appreciate it if anyone who has similar experience to share some inputs and advices :thankyou:

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Re: Exemption from MT (Chinese)

Postby verykiasumummy » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:22 pm

hi gxmas,

exemption will only do gd to him if chi is the weak subject, so it doesnt pull down his aggregate in p6.. if he is coping chi well, his grades will be pulled up instead.. so why drop?

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Re: Exemption from MT (Chinese)

Postby Gxmas » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:05 pm

Hi, thanks for your reply!

Right now he is relying on memory, not sure if he can still cope or do as well when high order of understanding is required. Also the validity of his report (dyslexia) expires next year.... he might just do ok later...but learning languages is nonethless difficulty for him, so to do well in PSLE might be too challenging...he also has English to deal with.....

I'm thinking of channeling his efforts and time towards his strengths instead. Hopefully he can continue learning the subject, but just not taking any national exams. Not sure how that would impact his future path/options beyong PSLE though :?

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Re: Exemption from MT (Chinese)

Postby verykiasumummy » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:17 pm

yes it will definitely impact his results. say like if :
eng - 55
chi - 65
math - 50
sci - 50
est psle aggreg will be 165

if u drop chi, but having same grades for other sub as above.
est psle aggreg is 155

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Re: Exemption from MT (Chinese)

Postby verykiasumummy » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:20 pm

u count urself... if chi is the better sub, it is not wise to drop... even if dun spend time on it, some ppl are naturally better in chi due to family language..

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Re: Exemption from MT (Chinese)

Postby peterch » Wed Sep 19, 2012 11:36 pm

Yes, if possible, don't choose the option. CMIIW, I was told that those who are exempted from MT would not be able to get higher aggregate compare to those who took MT and get just a passing mark

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Re: Exemption from MT (Chinese)

Postby mel2sg » Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:17 pm

Hi

I can understand where you are coming from. My boy is diagnosed as GDD (Global Dev Delay) when he was 2. Like yours, the doctor keep telling us to drop MT (Chinese) as very likely he will not able to cope, and the strategy is just to focus on Maths & Eng.

Nevertheless, this year he is in P1 we still let him continue MT just to gauge which level of understanding he is, & besides that we feel that Chinese will going to be an universal language in time to come given the arising of China.

Thanks god, he is doing ok, averaging 70 - FYI my boy also hates MT, this is far better than our expectation. What I am trying to put across is just let him learn & try, you may be surprise he may excel. Cheers.

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Re: Exemption from MT (Chinese)

Postby verykiasumummy » Thu Sep 20, 2012 8:26 pm

much as the doc is just looking for a solution, he may not understand the importance of chi in our race. every child is different, so it doesnt help to ask all the kids diagnosed with anything, (ASDS, GDD etc) to drop the MT..

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Re: Exemption from MT (Chinese)

Postby phankao » Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:44 am

peterch wrote:Yes, if possible, don't choose the option. CMIIW, I was told that those who are exempted from MT would not be able to get higher aggregate compare to those who took MT and get just a passing mark


Not true lah. My ds' classmate who was exempt MT got a PSLE Aggregate that was in the high 260s and got into a good IP school. He's enjoying himself there now and still not doing MT bc once exemption is approved by MOE, it's for "life". No need to do MT at all up to JC or even need for local university admission - I know quite a number of other kids who are exempt MT too.

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Re: Exemption from MT (Chinese)

Postby ammonite » Fri Sep 21, 2012 8:09 am

Maybe wait and see? I don't think u need to make a decision at this point. My son also struggled juggling everything initially due to learning issues, his Chinese scores were in the dismal fifties and sixties for P1 and now P2. But I really want him to learn and LIKE Chinese the way I do. He had a really hard time with hanyu pinyin, so I actually didn't focus too much on it.

I went straight to characters, and watched Chinese dramas, chinese dubbed foreign movies, and cartoons with him. I looked for Chinese books that are beautiful and funny to read to him. Chinese riddles. Chinese coaches. I'm happy to say that though he is still weak in Chinese and he is aware of it, he does not dislike or avoid the subject and is able to learn the materials with less and less effort now. I also sing praises of his Chinese teacher so he feels positive towards her. Interestingly, he does not have a problem with the bite sized Chinese composition for P2.

Of course it will be great if he can get a high score for MT, but I know he cannot do it at this point because he lacks the foundation. But some things cannot be rushed. I believe with interest and the right materials, attitude plus effort, he will be okay, and more importantly, appreciate the language, history and culture.

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