Because of the nature of our school system, the main focus of primary school has become the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) exam, with most parents wanting their child to pass for a “prestige school”. Children are subjected to a great deal of pressure from the time they start school. They must attend classes during what used to be holidays. Parents and children are under immense stress from day one!
One of the major issues with the SEA examination is the content of the material to be studied. During my 18 years of teaching mathematics at the secondary school level, I had never encountered some of the mathematical terms that ten- and 11-year olds were being forced to learn; I had to resort to the dictionary to find some of those definitions.