New PSLE Record-98.3% Qualify for Secondary School

Singapore has recorded its best performance at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) since it was introduced in 1960. About 98.3 per cent of the 39,286 pupils from this year did well enough to qualify for secondary school, up from 97.6 per cent last year. 

Dr Timothy Chan, director of SIM Global Education's academic division, said the better results over the decades could be due to parents putting more emphasis on their children's education.

The Education Ministry noted that factors such as good teaching programmes, strong teachers' commitment, and student motivation could have contributed to the better performance.

When results were released yesterday (25 Nov), some schools recognised their top scorers in groups. They also celebrated pupils who showed great improvement, overcame odds in their lives, or did well in non-academic areas such as sports.

Eunos Primary was one such school. Its principal Jennifer Choy said: "The PSLE (aggregate score) is just a number. It doesn't represent the worth of each child”.

At Haig Girls' School, pupils with scores of 250 and above were applauded. Those who showed improvements or performed in non-academic areas were also recognised.

"We wanted to celebrate the effort and journey, and not just the result," said principal Constance Loke. "In 20 years' time, nobody will remember your PSLE results. But they'll remember if you have been a caring friend, exemplary leader or have stood up for what is right."

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong congratulated pupils and their parents on Facebook. He added, "Regardless of where you go, I am sure you will find it rewarding, and learn and discover many more things." 

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Source: “Record 98.3% qualify for secondary school” (The Straits Times, 26 Nov 2015)


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