Singaporeans fight ‘exam-shaming’ by sharing scores and careers

The BBC is reporting that Singaporeans have been sharing their exam results and current careers, in an effort to fight stigma over “mediocre” scores.

The results of the high-stakes primary school leaving exam, which students sit aged 12, came out last week. The test determines a child’s path in the competitive school system and has become a source of stress for many. But a call for people to share stories to show how exams don’t need to decide your future has sparked an outpouring.

Over the weekend hundreds responded to Khairudin Aljunied, a local university professor who said the move would give young children “hope and motivation”.

“My PSLE score is 221. I am now an Associate Professor in a University,” he wrote. Athletes, teachers, engineers, entrepreneurs and a member of parliament all followed suit.

All 12-year-olds in Singapore’s school system must sit the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), which gives an aggregate three-digit score across subjects. A score below 200 is widely considered poor.

But the city has also seen growing calls for a more relaxed educational environment.It also prompted a government minister to acknowledge the issue of exam stress.

Social and family development minister Tan Chuan-jin said on his Facebook page: “I think we are on really shaky grounds if PSLE is the main determinant of our children having a happy childhood.”

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There are plenty of accomplished people who have gotten less than desirable results at school, should we be more transparent about these people to give hope to those who don’t do as well at school? Did you fail any exams at school, has this affected your professional career? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or on Twitter. ~ Sophie

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