Sunday, September 25, 2005

Giving credits when they are due.

As a rule of thumb one mustn’t oppose for the sake of opposing and should give credits when they are due. Giving credits is what I am going to do now.

The new policy of allowing good Normal stream students to skip the N Levels and thus giving them a clear five-year route to the O-level examinations is worthy of praise.

About 70% – 80% of the 10,000 Normal (Academic) students in each cohort do well enough at the N-level exam to proceed to Secondary 5 for the O levels. This new policy will enable these Normal stream students to prepare more adequately for their O Levels given the significant differences between the N Levels syllables and the O Levels syllables.

Once freed from the mad rush to cover the O Levels syllables in Sec 5, schools can offer much more subjects to the students. For example A Maths, an important subject in both JCs and Polys’ engineering courses, can be introduced to more Normal Stream students. The teachers can also focus solely on the O Levels without being distracted by the N Levels. Hence credits should be given to MOE for formulating the new policy.

I would also like to praise NTUC (actually they also part of gahmen lah) for coming up with some good ideas to help the poor.

The ideas ranged from exempting those who earn $1,000 and below a month from CPF contributions to helping the low-income by giving them more funds for training and bigger day-care subsidies for their children and elderly folk. These are all good ideas that merit further studies. Thus credit should also be given to NTUC for championing the cause of the poor.


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