Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Not feasible to mark GCE-level exam scripts locally: Ong Ye Kung
It is not possible to have all GCE-level examination scripts marked locally bearing in mind the wellbeing of teachers, due to the large number to be marked over a short period of time during the school vacation, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung on Monday (Feb 11).
Each year, there are about 1.1 million answer scripts generated in the GCE-level examinations. Of these, 300,000 — that of mother tongue languages, social studies and coursework components — are marked locally. The remaining 800,000 are marked by Cambridge Assessment.
Cambridge Assessment relies on about 2,200 professors and experienced educators from universities and higher institutions to mark the scripts.
With a tight timeline between the exams and release of results, the authorities need to be “mindful (of) the workload and wellbeing” of teachers, if all subjects were to be marked locally over the school vacation period, he said.