25 April 2019
A new common national examination will be introduced by the Ministry of Education in 2027 to replace the current GCE O- and N-Level examinations.
With subject-based banding in force by then, there will be a revised secondary school curriculum and each subject will be categorised into three tiers: General 1 (G1), General 2 (G2), and General 3 (G3).
Under the new national examination, all Secondary 4 students will get a common certificate, which will list the subjects completed and the standard band of each subject.
Mr Ong said that the certificate will be co-certified by both Cambridge Assessment and Singapore “as both are strong international brand names in education, which will enhance the recognition and value of the certificate”.
The new examination framework will affect admissions into post-secondary institutions such as the junior colleges, polytechnics, and the Institutes of Technical Education.