I support the change in format, it is a cooling measure to prevent over heating in our pressure cooker and might be a good signal that we shall not indulge in bubble chasing.
But as I read the article, I wondered if I am reading advertorial or a commentary.
A parent said something like "definitely take some pressure off pupils and parents"
Really? Oh I didn't know 'O' and 'A' level pupils are having a less stressful testing environment. Do u think the band for A will be still about the range of "75-90" (subjected to bell-curve effect). There is lesser need to chase after the last mark.
What does chasing after the last mark and the next band any difference unless you are scoring perhaps 97-100. If u are scoring 92, you won't be afraid that u might fall down to the next band?
"We can now give more time to holistic education?" OMG, If resources and attention given to Holistic is dependable on PSLE exam format, how holistic is it anyway. To stretch it, that statement is akin to "it's no longer black, it's white" hello, I like yellow. My surname sound like that.
Then we have an expert saying it's better to grade a pupil not relative to its peers but to the paper. Really huh? There is not bell curve effect in "O" levels? Oh, now the ministry is really going to stick it's ground and say 75 is An "A", no more bell curve. Whoa! What is that howling at the background! What this year paper is more difficult than last year? Huh, ask me to look at qn 5-7. Shall I bring back the bell?
Let's call a spade an spade