The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) continues to be a high-stakes exam, even with proposed changes that take place in 2021.
The Ministry of Education has, in recent years, taken steps to reduce the overemphasis on academic marks, by not naming the top scorers of national examinations and investing more in programmes to nurture students’ strengths in other areas, such as sports or music.
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The PSLE T-score – often criticised for causing excessive stress – will also be done away with in 2021, and pupils will no longer be graded relative to their peers.
Despite this, many children are often referred to specialists following their exams due to anxiety, depression and sometimes even self-harm. Here’s how to help your child manage the stress that comes along with exam season:
Text: Young Parents / Additional reporting: Natalya Molok