OBE ‘elit­ist’ claim is wide of the mark

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - COMMENT -

I DO not know that “the gov­ern­ment re­garded ex­cel­lence in ed­u­ca­tion to be un­nec­es­sar­ily elit­ist” (David Klat­zow, “Ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem fail­ing our na­tion”, Week­end Ar­gus, 31 Oc­to­ber).

I have never at­trib­uted this view to the gov­ern­ment.

I do be­lieve that one el­e­ment in out­comes based ed­u­ca­tion phi­los­o­phy de­nies that ex­cel­lence in ed­u­ca­tional achieve­ment by stu­dents ought to be en­cour­aged and cer­ti­fied through as­sess­ment pro­cesses on the grounds that this is “elit­ist”.

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