When schools across Singapore put their students on full home-based learning (HBL) on April 8 as part of the circuit breaker measures, Ms Adele Leong remembers the wide-eyed look of hope in her daughter Carolyn’s eyes. “Are they going to be postponing the PSLE or cancelling it? How are we going to sit the exams now schools are closed?” she recalls her 11-year-old asking. Ms Leong, 44, is one of many parents grappling with the unprecedented academic changes the coronavirus pandemic has brought. The Ministry of Education (MOE) cancelled all mid-year examinations, but is still proceeding with national ones such as the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), as well as the N, O and A levels, as it says these are “major milestones” and it does not want to disadvantage graduating students. “Technically, it’s not my first time doing the PSLE, but since the circumstances are so different, I might as well say it’s my first time because it’s hard to expect what’s to come,” says Ms Leong, managing director of South-east Asia for OnTheList, which offers weekly flash sales of luxury brands to its members. She also has a son in Secondary 2 and another daughter in Primary 2…. Read full this story
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