Minister of Education Chan Chun Sing announced in parliament earlier today that streaming will be removed in all secondary schools, with effect from 2024 onwards.
Chan said that students in secondary schools will instead be grouped in mixed form classes where they can choose between different subjects at different levels according to their learning pace.
The subject levels will be called G1, G2 and G3, with the G standing for “general”, and is mapped from the current standards of the Express, Normal Academic and Normal Technical streams.
He added that students who are strong in a particular subject can choose to take it at a more demanding level, while those who find difficulty in coping with a subject can choose to take it at a less demanding level.
Chan further added that MOE will be shifting away from the course-based subject offerings under the Full Subject-Based Banding (SBB), which allows students to take a subject at a level to meet their learning needs much better.
The Full SBB will also be extended to more schools, and from 2024 onwards, these schools will admit a wider range of students, which included students who are taking primarily G2 subjects.
He said that this will benefit students of a more diverse learning profile.
Chan also added that while the Full SBB aids students by customizing learning according to their strengths, more resources are required, which includes a more complex coordination of timetables.
This will require the schoolteachers to adapt their methods of teachings to a wider spectrum of students.
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