HQ has been attending a Chinese medium school for the whole of last year. Overall I am happy with how he's doing at school, but it would be great if someone has prep me earlier with what to expect.
Like all Chinese schools ( I presume), rules are pretty tight and canes are used liberally (for mistakes in ting xie, misbehaving, forgetting to bring book/ stationaries, forgetting to do homework, etc). His school also uses point system where any misbehavings will entitle for deduction of points. Any student with 40 points deducted during the 6 primary years will be expelled. HQ got 1 point deducted once for running, and he got caned twice, once for mistake in ting xie, and another time for overlooking one of his homework that he needed to do. I didn't lecture him because overall he has been pretty independent with his homework, ting xie, spelling, ejaan etc.
The school that HQ attends conducts exams 3 times a year, which was really stressful! Not for the kid but for me! His overall enthusiasm about school is wearing off... I guess when a kid has to go through examination so often, he didn't see the importance of it anymore. Or maybe it's a "new toilet syndrome" *sigh*
I feel that the standard for BM was pretty high although English language was simpler than what he learnt in kindy. For someone who is a banana like me, I couldn't assist at all for the papers done in Mandarin (Mandarin language, Maths and Science). How I wish I knew Mandarin!
Thankfully HQ did well in his 3 terms exams considering that we only started sending him to Mandarin enrichment classes since July.
However, the competition was unbelievable. For example, he was only 6 points short to getting full marks for all of his 5 exam papers, and he's already placed at the 60th position among all 480+ primary one students. And believe me, the examination standard for Primary 1 students is not low either.
Please share with me, mummies, I am wondering are all Chinese medium schools this competitive?
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