Wednesday, May 19, 2010

THE mother tongue issue and overhaul of the law that governs criminal processes are set to dominate the two-day Parliament sitting that starts today.

Although the Government had reassured Singaporeans that there will be no change in mother tongue weighting in the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), MP Lee Bee Wah (Ang Mo Kio GRC) said many on the ground continue to worry.

Their main anxiety is whether the differentiated approach to be introduced slowly for the teaching and testing of the Chinese language will result in a decline in standards.

Another concern is the impact of the continual scrutiny of the subject on the morale of teachers.

Last week, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Education Minister Ng Eng Hen explained at length the Government's thinking on the weighting of the mother tongue in the PSLE and stressed that a differentiated approach in teaching and testing will be introduced slowly.

Nominated MP Teo Siong Seng, president of the Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, feels the new teaching approach will throw up new challenges.

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