Chee Soon Juan reacts to removal of streaming in secondary schools

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๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜† ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฐ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—น๐˜€. ๐—ก๐—ผ ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น

The reason why is now completely doing away with streaming today is because they have fine-tuned it, customised it to meet every child’s needs.

Instead of 3 broad stream (Exp, NA, NT), there are now MULTIPLE streams.

Instead of having to swim in a broad stream, a child will swim in different streams according to his strengths in the different subjects, a fast stream for the subject/s he is strong in and a slower stream for those he is weaker in.

This, you can have a class of mixed abilities where interact and play together, for example during PE lessons. When it comes to classes or Math for example, they move to their respective streams (G1, G2, G3) where they learn according to their abilities. There is provision for lateral movement from one level to another. Thus makes it dynamic and flexible for students.

Subject-banding, then, is a form of streaming that is even better than broad streaming based on the overall performance of the students. It recognises that a child may be weak in say, language, but strong in other areas.

This abolition of streaming is nothing like what Chee Soon Juan imagined for which he is busy claiming credit.

Streaming is not a bad thing. The stigma faced from streaming is a societal bias. Societal bias is an attitude of society that society must self-reflect and deal with it. Why do people look down on those they perceive to be weaker?

Thousands of who had gone through the Normal stream have done very well today. They are successful people in their own right.
Streaming had allowed them to strengthen their foundation and then to accelerate.

This is unlike the days before streaming was introduced – the days of a ‘one-size-fits-all’ system – where many repeatedly failed the same exams until they became demoralised and lost in themselves. Some even described themselves as the ‘buay tak che’ (Hokkien) type. They did not rise above their station in life. It was a sad tale for many.

will never go back to the days of a one-size-fits-all education system where there was no streaming.

And the sun will still rise if Chee Soon Juan oversleeps or forgets to crow.


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