Established in 1889 by Preacher Joseph Koh, Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School (PHPPS) was first known as the Road End Free School, a Teochew school for Chinese immigrants in the Bukit Timah area. Today, over 120 years later, PHPPS is a government-aided, double-session, Special Assisted Plan (SAP) school that offers Higher Chinese from Primary 1.
As of end 2017, PHPPS has also become one of the first few schools to no longer place top students in the same classes when they start Primary 5; classes are now a mix of pupils of differing academic abilities.
Pei Hwa Presbyterian principal Foo Sook Fong announced the change in the school’s practice as a move that would “reduce unhealthy competition and promote interaction among pupils of different strengths and interests”. To better reflect children’s holistic development, the school will also no longer release the rankings of students by cohort or subject.
“Information related to your child’s holistic progress and performance will be indicated in your child’s report book,” Mrs Foo said in the letter. She added that the changes were in line with the MOE’s move towards a student-centric and values-driven educational system, which will also place less emphasis on academic results.
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