For the fourth consecutive year, 98.4% of students who sat the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) can progress to secondary school.
The PLSE is a national examination in Singapore that is taken by all students attending a government-run, local primary school at the end of their sixth and final year. There are more than 180 local primary schools in Singapore, including Sengkang Primary School pictured above.
A total of 40,256 Primary 6 students sat the PSLE in 2019, with 39,622 assessed to be suitable to move to secondary school, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB). 66.3% of students are eligible for the Express course, 21.0% for the Normal (Academic) course, and 11.2% for the Normal (Technical) course.
The students who did not qualify for any of the three courses can re-attempt the PSLE next year.
Singaporean citizens are given priority for places at government primary and secondary schools and there are limited spots available for expats; currently, just 5% of places are taken by expat students. The Ministry of Education handles all applications.
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Students can submit their Secondary 1 option forms via the Secondary 1 Internet System, which will be accessible until 3pm on Wednesday, November 27 on www.moe.gov.sg/s1-posting. They can also submit their forms through their primary schools.
“When choosing secondary schools, students — in discussion with their parents — should consider schools with cultures, programmes and environments best suited to their learning needs and interests (e.g. Applied Learning Programmes, Learning for Life Programmes, Co-Curricular Activities),” the MOE and SEAB said.