Summary: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called on parents not to see the PSLE as “the be-all and end-all” for their children. He encouraged students that even if they did not do well this time, there will still be chance for them to move up in the future if they can prove themselves. He also acknowledged that the pressure on students was sometimes greater than desired, especially during key examinations like the PSLE. He encourage parents and students to find a good balance between work and play. However, while ensuring that students do not receive excessive pressure, parents must also not compromise while developing their children, and allow them to reach their full potential and prepare for their future. He also promotes all-rounded education in schools.
Opinion: I feel that Mr Lee is right about how parents and students should view the PSLE. Although it determines which secondary school students will go to, students can still prove themselves and go to secondary schools of their choice later on. Parents should not pressurise students about their results but guide them and motivate them to do their best. At the same time, schools should not focus only on academic results but in nurturing students in different aspects.