Changes are afoot in Singapore’s education landscape as Education Minister Ong Ye Kung announced plans to replace secondary level streaming with subject-based banding, signaling a shift away from a “one-size-fits-all” system.
While generally happy with the local education system, Singaporeans split on where they think reform is most needed. While 21% would focus on secondary education, 22% say reform is more necessary at primary level and the same percentage argue that reform is needed at all levels. Only 14% don’t believe any reform is necessary.
When asked about the change to subject-based banding, 59% of Singaporeans with children expressed support, compared to only 7% of parents who oppose it; a third (34%) said they are neutral.
Nearly 9 in 10 (89%) Singaporeans believe the secondary reforms will help students to take subjects at different levels that suits their strengths, while nearly 8 in 10 feel it will help students of various backgrounds to socialise more and reduce the stigma surrounding streaming.
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