All pupils can continue education in a good school regardless of PSLE results: PM

Regardless of how a child performs at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), he will be able to continue his education in a good school, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, on Thursday, Nov 21, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO:  MARK CHEONG
Regardless of how a child performs at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), he will be able to continue his education in a good school, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, on Thursday, Nov 21, 2013. -- ST FILE PHOTO:  MARK CHEONG

Regardless of how a child performs at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), he will be able to continue his education in a good school, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Thursday.

In a Facebook post ahead of the release of the PSLE results on Friday, Mr Lee said: "All the best to students receiving their PSLE results tomorrow! Whatever your results, I am confident you can continue your education in a good school, with dedicated teachers who will help you achieve your best."

He added that it is also important for the young to pursue their interests, besides striving for academic excellence. "Above all, I hope you will grow in resilience, drive and determination. For when all is said and done, these will help you succeed in life."

On Thursday, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat also urged parents not to overly focus on the results of their children. "When the results are out, please do remember not to judge your own child, or others' children, by a number," he said in a Facebook post.

The Ministry of Education announced on Tuesday that the highest and lowest PSLE aggregate scores will not be released this year so that pupils would focus on their own achievements holistically. These scores have been printed on result slips, along with the pupil's own aggregate score, since 1982.

The decision to not disclose the highest and lowest scores comes a year after MOE decided not to name the top scorers in each cohort.