Senior Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary told the House on Tuesday (20 March) that the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) is studying the option of scanning and marking answer scripts electronically.
He was responding to a question filed by MP Mr Murali Pillai who asked the Minister for Education (Schools) whether it is feasible to scan or digitise examination scripts before sending them to Cambridge Assessment in the United Kingdom for marking so as to better deal with incidents of scripts being misplaced or stolen.
Speaking in Parliament, the minister stated that the move would potentially reduce the risks associated with transporting hard copy examination scripts such as theft and misplacement. However, he noted that the implementation of this would have to be “carefully considered”, given the large volume of answer scripts and number of subject papers offered each year.
Dr Janil then noted that each year, about 900,000 answer scripts are sent to Cambridge Assessment in the United Kingdom for marking.
SEAB announced in February that it has been informed by Cambridge Assessment that a parcel containing 238 scripts for the 2017 GCE A-Level H2 Chemistry’s Paper 3 was stolen from a courier in the United Kingdom (UK) while in transit from Cambridge Assessment to the Examiner.
On 14 March, 75 of 238 students have opted to retake the examination.