Despite being at fault for mixing up their Maths O Level registration, 73 Normal-Academic students from neighbourhood schools, Ahmad Ibrahim and Woodgrove Secondary, refuse to allow the students to retake the correct examination paper.

Instead the affected students will be unfairly and inaccurately assessed based on their Preliminary examination results.

Prelim examinations are preparatory mock tests for O levels and most students tend to perform poorer at them due to the lack of time for preparation.

It is not known if Cambridge will allow the modified score to be reflected as official scores, but chances are, the England-based international examination centre will not accede to Singapore’s request.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) made the final call yesterday (Oct 25) and told the students to “refocus” on their remaining O level examinations.

It is understood that such wishywashy arrangements were made because these students are from neighbourhood schools in Normal-Academic stream.

There has been no apologies issued by the authorities, and the two Education Ministers, Ng Chee Meng and Ong Ye Kung, are silent on the matter.