Record 98.4% of PSLE pupils can go on to secondary school

Pupils at Lianhua Primary School react during the summary of the school's PSLE results.
Pupils at Lianhua Primary School react during the summary of the school's PSLE results.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Primary 6 pupil Ong Jing Mei of Zhonghua Primary School receiving a kiss from her mother after getting her PSLE results, on Nov 24, 2016.
Primary 6 pupil Ong Jing Mei of Zhonghua Primary School receiving a kiss from her mother after getting her PSLE results, on Nov 24, 2016.ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Artun Alp and his mother Mrs Ayda Alp, 47, react after seeing his PSLE results at Lianhua Primary School, on Nov 24, 2016.
Artun Alp and his mother Mrs Ayda Alp, 47, react after seeing his PSLE results at Lianhua Primary School, on Nov 24, 2016.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
A pupil reacts after seeing his PSLE results at Lianhua Primary School, on Nov 24, 2016.
A pupil reacts after seeing his PSLE results at Lianhua Primary School, on Nov 24, 2016.ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG

SINGAPORE - About 98.4 per cent of pupils who took this year's Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) are able to progress on to a secondary school, slightly higher than the previous record 98.3 per cent set by last year's cohort.

This is Singapore's best performance at the PSLE since the exam was introduced. From 1980 to 2014, the percentage of pupils eligible to enrol in secondary schools ranged between 81.7 per cent and 97.8 per cent.

Pupils received their PSLE results on Thursday (Nov 24) morning. A total of 38,808 pupils sat the national exam this year, down from 39,286 last year.

Some 66.4 per cent of this year's cohort qualified for the Express stream in secondary school, up from 66.2 per cent last year. This is slightly lower than the record 66.7 per cent achieved by the class of 2013.

Another 21.4 per cent of pupils are eligible for the Normal (Academic) stream, and 10.6 per cent qualified for the Normal (Technical) stream.

 

This is the fifth year that the Education Ministry is not revealing the top PSLE scorer in a bid to reduce emphasis on academic results.

It also did not reveal the highest and lowest scores achieved by pupils in the cohort, a move started in 2013.