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Education: Thumbs Up to Secondary Changes But is More Reform Needed?

 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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