Special needs student given wrong PSLE paper
File photo of students having a lesson in a classroom in Singapore. (Photo: TODAY/Ernest Chua)
SINGAPORE: A special needs student with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was issued the wrong examination paper during the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) on Sep 15, his school confirmed on Thursday (Oct 12).Pei Chun Public School said the student was seated alone in class and given extra time to complete the exam due to his condition. He was supposed to be issued the Chinese listening comprehension paper at a foundation level but was given a standard paper instead, it added.According to the primary school, the paper was given to the student by an external invigilator and the school was notified by the external presiding examiner after the examination.After it was notified, Pei Chun immediately got in touch with the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) on the matter and submitted a special consideration form to the board, it said.It added that it engaged with the child and his family, meeting up with the student's father and assuring him that SEAB will not put the child at a disadvantage and that the child’s interests remained the top priority.In an email reply to Channel NewsAsia on Tuesday, SEAB said it would give a fair assessment to the student.
wrong O-Level mathematics paper after a mix-up in the subject codes during registration.Government Parliamentary Committee for Education chair Denise Phua said enforcement has to be tightened for such incidents."The examinations board is not unprepared or unfamiliar with the system. There is already an existing system that provides for access arrangements and measures are even listed as to what's required by the students, such as if there's need for visual cues or extended time," Ms Phua said."The system is there; we need to tighten the enforcement and always review the process on a regular basis."