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Giving world class learning opportunities to Gyankriti students – Learning from the latest education reforms in Singapore

We already do all these things at Gyankriti. Don’t we? Let us know in comments.

About Education in Singapore: The education system in Singapore is consistently ranked as one of the highest in the world by the OECD. It is believed that this comes from the style of teaching that is implemented in Singapore. Teachers focus on making sure that each of their students thoroughly move through the syllabus before moving on. By doing this teachers in Singapore teach a much more narrow but deeper type of instruction. Singapore’s education system has been described as “world-leading” and in 2010 was among those picked out for commendation by the Conservative former UK Education Secretary Michael Gove. According to PISA, an influential worldwide study on educational systems, Singapore has the highest performance in international education and tops in global rankings.

New Education Reforms in Singapore:   Singapore’s Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Sept. 28 that it will be removing class rankings for primary and secondary students starting next year. Schools in Singapore will also cut mid-year exams for several levels; Primary 1 and 2 pupils will not be graded.

Aside from abolishing the class and level rankings, MOE will remove the class and level mean, as well as the minimum and maximum marks students may get in their report cards next year, as reported by The Straits Times on Sept. 28. Underlining and/or coloring failing marks will also be removed from the report cards of the students.

For MOE Minister Ong Ye Kung, removing class rankings was made in a bid to make children understand that “learning is not a competition.”

“I know that ‘coming in first or second’, in class or level, has traditionally been a proud recognition of a student’s achievement,” Ong said in the report. “But removing these indicators is for a good reason, so that the child understands from young that learning is not a competition, but a self-discipline they need to master for life.”

MOE also announced that examinations for Primary 1 and 2 students will be removed, the report said. Because grades and marks will no longer be available in the report cards, schools will use “qualitative descriptors” for students in the two levels instead to help students track their progress. Meanwhile, the grades of students from Primary 3 to Secondary 5 will be rounded off to a whole number.

Comparison of the new reforms done in Singapore with the assessment methods at Gyankriti: You will be proud to know that Gyankriti is already following the reforms done in Singapore from the very first day.

Singapore reformsStatus at Gyankriti
Removed Classroom RankingsWe never give any kind of rank to students. Only exceptions are some events and competitions for extra-curricular activities. Subject wise or Class wise ranks are never disclosed.
Examination for Grade 1 and Grade 2 abolishedAt Gyankriti we never conduct formal exams or tests. Teacher check the learning outcomes throughout the year during classroom observations instead of a single day examination.
Schools will use “qualitative descriptors” instead of marks in report cardsGyankriti report cards are already like that. We grade students on age appropriate learning outcomes. There are as many as 100-150 learning outcomes in every term depending on the age group of students.