Monday, April 29, 2013

Who will win the Malaysia elections?

On 5th May, Malaysians will decide whether to keep the Barisan Nasional (BN) in government or usher in a new administration under Pakatan Rakyat (PR). This year's elections will be one to watch - BN lost its customary two-thirds majority in Parliament, on top of five states in the 2008 election - will BN make up for lost ground, or will it continue to lose votes?

Monday, April 8, 2013

PSLE entry scores: a reliable indicator of school quality?

The Ministry of Education recently abolished secondary school banding by academic results. Until 2012, MOE grouped groups secondary schools into nine bands based on their O Level results. Schools with the best O Level results were in band “one”, and the poorest performing schools were in band “nine”.

Parents will no doubt find some other way to rank secondary schools. The most popular method looks to be using schools’ PSLE entry scores, but how well do these scores correlate with academic bands? Are there “good value for PSLE score” schools?