Dear A.S.S. Editor

In a sign of times, parents have got in the act, complaining that the PSLE question in a mathematics paper was tricky and disturbing. It is a two-mark question, which requires some reasoning to arrive at the correct answer, and has been widely discussed by parents across online forums like KiasuParents, HardwareZone and Reddit, as well as news sites like Yahoo and Mothership.

The question widely discussed was about ribbons. One online forum writer even claimed that he had written to a school principal to give “feedback to the Ministry of Education (MOE)”, while other parents have stated that they also made complains, but did not give details.

Replying to queries by The New Paper, the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) assured the public that the question is phrased correctly, and assesses topics taught in the primary school mathematics syllabus. Mr Bhajan Singh, a 70-year-old ex-principal previously involved in the setting of examination papers, said parents should have faith in Singapore’s education system instead of throwing a “tantrum”.

In case you are wondering, the question goes something like this: Jess wants 200 ribbons of length 110 cm for a party. However, the ribbons were sold at 25 m per tape. How many tapes will Jess need?

Charlie Ang

A.S.S. Contributor

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