Schoolchildren are paying a heavy price for Singapore’s success in global education rankings, with rising numbers seeking psychiatric help as they struggle to cope with the relentless pressure.
According to a report, the students there have higher levels of anxiety about schoolwork than other nations. "Children are being forced to mature too fast because the society does not allow the luxury of taking it slow," said a psychologist.
Under such heavy pressure, private, after-school tuition has become the norm. Singaporean students rank third globally on time spent on homework, at 9.4 hours a week, according to an OECD survey.
Authorities hope to ease the pressure of students by measures including axing some exams in both primary and secondary school, and only grouping students according to ability in more academic subjects such as math and science － rather than separating them into streams for all subjects.（AFP）
relentless：形容詞，不間斷的；堅韌的。例句：To win the hearts of customers requires relentless pursuit of quality.（要贏得顧客的心，就必須持續追求品質。）
ax：動詞，撤銷；削減。例句：The airline axed more flights on account of the strike.（由於罷工，航空公司取消更多航班。）
stream：名詞，能力分組。例句：He is in the A stream for physics and the B stream for English.（他物理被分到A組，英文被分到B組。）