30 Oct '13, 4am

How low can you go? - by Leanne Goh (Star)

by Leanne Goh The Star October 27, 2013 It is common knowledge among teachers that a student who keeps flunking the school test can actually get a decent grade in the SPM exam. What is the passing mark for an SPM subject? Many teachers estimate it to be seriously low for some papers, way lower than the school’s benchmark. WHEN I last wrote that more than 100,000 students, or close to a quarter of those sitting for the SPM English, were at risk of leaving school without an SPM certificate, the response was unexpected. “Ms Goh,” I was told, “don’t worry, the marks may be lowered even further to allow many to pass.” And that view, I was surprised to learn, was shared by many. Teachers who have been teaching upper secondary students as well as examiners who have been grading the exam scripts for many years let on that the passing marks are not all they seem to be. We were disc...

Full article: http://blog.limkitsiang.com/2013/10/30/how-low-can-you-go...

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