11 March 2019
To replace streaming, the Ministry of Education has introduced subject-based banding, where students will take a combination of subjects at different levels according to their strengths. Secondary school students will also sit for a common exam, as opposed to segregated N-Level and O-Level examinations.
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said this change will be implementing at a pace that takes into account the trade-offs, complexities and the immense impact it will have on students.
Taking away the Normal and Express labels is significant, in part because such a move recognizes the fact that students are endowed with varying and diverse strengths.
Students will also get to spend most of the school day in mixed-ability classes, and learn how to interact across the board with peers of varying ability.
These changes will help educators customise education for students, while minimising the effect of labelling and stigmatisation.