The statement isn't from MOE FAQ. It's MOE response to the press' queries. So yah... they have been asked.Hendon wrote: ↑Wed Aug 14, 2019 5:12 pmFunny how people are overanalysing MOE faq. Just ask them!floppy wrote: ↑Wed Aug 14, 2019 11:04 amThis isn't the same as slavery.hb wrote: ↑Wed Aug 14, 2019 10:37 am
OT, but this is why people complain every time there are changes to NS...if they had to suffer, why shouldn't the next generation of boys have to suffer too???
I don't think MTL policy should be about pain lah. (After all, there are kids who like Chinese...right??) But I do think MOE's MTL policy is a bit confused. Is it important for kids to take MTL because they should know their ethnic heritage (in which case I can see why MOE allowed kids of mixed parentage to choose their 2nd language), or because it's important to know one of Singapore's national languages (esp since they are in the Singapore public school system)? Allowing kids of mixed parentage to take a different language but imputing a grade of AL6-8 is kind of a weird compromise*, and I can see why parents would be upset about it.
*MTL exemption for kids with learning disabilities is a completely separate thing.
As MOE alluded to, "(the) rationale is grounded in its philosophy of underscoring the importance of studying the MTLs." It's really beyond the simple pursuit of knowledge in a language. MTL is an important (and uniquely Singapore) component of the national identity. If you want a public education, you can't really pick-and-choose the best/better components (EL, Math and Science) and discard the one you are least interested in (MTL). Setting a max imputed score of AL6 as a compromise is probably not the best solution but it is a good start in nudging people with no obvious disability (and those people thinking about it) back in line with the national policy on public education.
I can understand Madam Wee frustration with the changes in the policy. While the details may be "unexpected", the signal to expect changes was raised in July 2016. The main concern seems to be "unfair and pegged too low" compared with the Standard Level subjects resulting in an disadvantage to their children. Seriously, if you are already getting a free pass on a subject, what's the ground to complain about the score being pegged too low?
As for the petition starter, since you brought her up, she is a Singaporean Chinese married to an UK guy, I wonder which language did she opt for her kids
As for the petition starter, she didn't state, nor did she provide insights to why her child was exempted.