First off, I am very pleasantly surprised at Ong Ye Kung’s gesture to slay the sacred cow of streaming in Singapore. My kids are now spared the PSLE T-Score and the possibility of being labelled a “Normal” the next time they visit relatives in Chinese New Year.

For the new system to work well, I hope that all Singapore students can sacrifice one or two weak subjects and still be able to go to JC. In my personal case, if I was allowed to do CL2 at the Normal(Technical) level, I would have been able to take on one additional humanity and science and possibly even qualify for medical school later. This was because CL2 was so hard and took up so much of my time in the 80s-90s. ( Heck if you asked me to take up US Advanced Placement test for Physics, Algebra and Calculus, I would have considered