18 December 2018
More students from the Normal streams in secondary school have qualified for entry into publicly funded universities as well as polytechnic diploma courses.
The Ministry of Education said that streaming has helped students learn at a pace suited for them because educators are able to customize their teaching and learning approaches for the benefit of these students.
This has led to better educational outcomes and a lower attrition rate.
Most observers and educators said Singapore’s decades-old method of streaming has benefited students, but the problem is the social stigma attached to those on the Normal streaming path.
A spokesman for MOE said: “Contrary to the misperception that streaming at the secondary school level limits the academic progression of certain groups of students, evidence has shown that a great majority of students have actually been able to continue with post-secondary education, and their further progression is not limited by the stream they started with.”