In the latest changes in schools to reduce the focus on exam grades and academic stress, the Ministry of Education in Singapore has announced a slew of changes to the JC and MI assessments (for students taking A Levels).
Amongst the changes to take place from the 2024 intake onwards: no more mid-year exams, pass-fail grade for project work, and an adjusted computation for the university admissions score. Potential JC students, educators, and parents – take note! Get your updates on these changes outlined below:
Mid-year exams will be scrapped from 2024 onwards
The mid-year exams have already been progressively removed in primary schools and secondary schools. The time has come for JCs and MI to do away with the mid-year exams.
If you think that schools will just replace the mid-year exams with other assessments under a different name, MOE has already pre-empted that. According to the ministry, JCs and MI are not supposed to replace the mid-year exams with other school-based assessments. Additionally, schools can only give allocate a maximum of one weighted assessment in each term.
The time freed up from preparing for the mid-year exams will be used instead for more varied learning experiences to increase student engagement with the subjects. Hopefully, this will mean that the JC curriculum will feel less hectic and give students more time to actually enjoy what they learn, rather than cram for the exams.
However, we can’t help but feel concerned about the removal of a key checkpoint leading up to the A Level exams. Some students need these types of assessments to keep their revision on pace and their standards up to mark. At Future Academy, we will keep a close eye on our students’ progress and continue to implement topical, termly, and semestral revisions to ensure our students are well on track towards the A Levels.