Photo of Ng Chee Meng from Seah Kwang Ping The Straits Times

In his parliamentary response yesterday (Nov 9), Education Minister Ng Chee Meng gave a blind assurance that the 73 students who took the wrong O levels papers will be “fairly assessed”.

Minister Ng Chee Meng is also adamant on not giving the students a re-test despite being at fault for mixing up their Maths O Level registration. Affected are 73 Sec-5 Normal-Academic students from neighbourhood schools, Ahmad Ibrahim and Woodgrove Secondary. The neighbourhood school students will however be unfairly assessed using preliminary results taken before the O levels.

Earlier report – MOE: 73 Normal Acad students to use Prelim results for O levels

Minister Ng Chee Meng then said that he don’t think the incident is a major issue because the topics are “largely comparable”:

“While the Secondary 4 Express students are the first batch to take the examination under the revised syllabus, the old syllabus is still available for the Secondary 5 students, noting that the topics examined under the old and revised syllabus are largely comparable.”

There is still no apology from the authorities and the Minister was quick to blame the schools for their error:

“Both affected schools acknowledged that such an error could have been avoided if checks in the registration processes were more thorough, especially in instances where two different syllabi were offered for the same subject.”