Many of us would have seen this piece of news last week, as MOE announces that it plans to scrap mid year exams for certain levels in primary and secondary school. This is met with a lot of positive reviews but at the same time, there were certainly quite a lot of individuals out there who are skeptical of this move.
As for me, I am sitting on the fence on this one.
From the outlook, this is a move that MOE is undertaking as part of its “walk the talk” on being “less focused on grades”. And almost certainly, one part of removing the emphasis on grades is to remove the grading itself, and that is, the exams. But since we are not able to remove exams in its entirety, removing the mid terms but keeping the finals is one such solution.
Or so it seems.
If truth be told …