PAP MP Seah Kian Peng: PSLE Exam Serves No Purpose

SINGAPORE: Member of Parliament for Marine Parade GRC, Seah Kian Peng has questioned the role of the Primary School Leaving Exams (PSLE), saying that it is an exam that is past its time. Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday (May 28), he said the exam causes stress and imposes “frenzied preparations” on both students and parents.

To make his point, Mr Seah asked employers in the House if workers were hired based on PSLE scores. He also questioned if parents needed a child’s PSLE score to feel proud. He concluded that the national exam served no purpose except the “bureaucratic function of sorting students into schools.”

Mr Seah suggested that Primary Six exams be treated the same way as those from Primary One to Five levels, where students are held back if they do not do well.

“Why do we insist on a narrow and insular measure of educational abilities and potential for 12-year-olds, when the demands and entry requirements for tertiary education already make such tests obsolete?”

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