Thursday, July 27, 2006

Singapore kids spell better than Aussies

It is official! Kids in Singapore are better at spelling than their Aussie counterparts according to writing tests conducted by the University of NSW. From The Australian:
About 9 per cent of Year 3 students in Singapore could spell words such as chaotic, dilemma, laborious, perceive and voyage, while only 1 per cent of Year 3 students in NSW reached an equivalent score.

The improvement in students' spelling over two years was also markedly different, with 36.5 per cent of Year 5 students in Singapore able to spell at the same level, compared with 12 per cent of Year 5 students in NSW.

The tests, conducted by Educational Assessment Australia at UNSW and involving more than 110,000 Australians and more than 10,000 Singaporeans, required students to construct a news story based on an event.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Doesn't matter. It will all go away when they enlist into National Service. :p

Anonymous said...

I cant even spell chaotic, dilemma, laborious properly. And I'm old already liao.

Anonymous said...

Does that prove the education system in Singapore is better than Australia?

Anonymous said...

Yup yup. Aussies are bad in spelling.

Anonymous said...

We have kids who are better at spelling and maths but do our schools produce students who can think out of the box?

Hmmmmmm.