Parents take note: PSLE is here to Stay

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The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) is a constant source of stress for parents with younger children. Even students themselves feel the stress piled on to them by their parents, teachers and the society.

Lakeside Primary School students waiting for PSLE results

Source: Straits Times

However, despite desperate calls to remove the national exam, Education Minister Ng Chee Meng had insisted that it will not be removed.

Education Minister Ng Chee Meng

He believes that the such a removal will simply be a matter of changing the source of stress and does not eliminate the stress itself. Parties have suggested implementing a through-train system, in its place, from primary to secondary school. But this would only cause parents to start stressing their children at P1 registration.

Mr Ng sees PSLE as a “useful checkpoint” to gauge each child’s strength in the academic field. This then helps to guide the child to a suitable programme in secondary school so they will not go through unnecessary struggles.

PSLE doesn’t cast in stone what students can achieve in life but removing it not the way to go

-Ng Chee Meng

As a person who had gone through PSLE myself, I have to say that PSLE does not significantly affect one’s future. I have peers who got a lower score than me doing much better during secondary and tertiary education days. This was all because they worked much harder than those with better PSLE results.

Therefore, the thing that really matters after receiving your results is how hard you work from then on.


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