Penalised due to maths learning disorder

Penalised due to maths learning disorder

Dr Noel Chia Kok Hwee's letter ("'Normal' tuition harmful for kids with learning disabilities"; last Saturday) struck a chord with me.

My daughter, who will be 19 this year, has been failing mathematics since Primary 2.

She has had many tutors, including those from well-known tuition centres, but has never passed the subject. Her maths scores have affected her overall results and her self-esteem.

When my daughter was in Primary 5, we sent her to a child guidance clinic, where she was assessed to be just weak in maths.

She continued to struggle with the subject in secondary school.

Six years later, we sent her to an educational psychologist, who assessed her to have dyscalculia, or difficulty in learning things related to numbers.

My daughter is a voracious reader who speaks and writes well.

Although she topped her cohort in English, literature and combined humanities in her N levels, she was denied promotion to Secondary 5 to do her O levels just because she had failed maths. She felt disappointed as most of her classmates with less-than-stellar results went on to the next level.

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