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Tweak PSLE weightage to retain talent

Many missed out on opportunity due to university's admission criteria. -myp

Tue, Apr 27, 2010
my paper

THE weightage review of mother-tongue languages in the PSLE is a timely one.

I remember a time when students had to pass their mother tongue or second language before they could qualify for admission to local universities.

Imagine how many of our bright students have had to go overseas for further studies, due to this admission criterion.

Large amounts of money would have been channelled to foreign countries as school fees and some of these overseas students have migrated.

Unfortunately, they missed out on the opportunity of getting a university education in Singapore even though they scored well in other subjects.

The Government should reduce the mother-tongue weightage in the PSLE as soon as possible, so that Singapore does not lose more bright students of the new generation.

MR TAN KEONG BOON


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