Sec 1 places: Lower demand, higher entry bars

Students from Eunos Primary School receiving their PSLE results on Nov 25, 2015.
Students from Eunos Primary School receiving their PSLE results on Nov 25, 2015. ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG

Following a record performance by this year's Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) batch, it has taken higher scores to get into popular secondary schools.

But for seven neighbourhood schools in mature estates, there will be no Secondary 1 cohort next year owing to a lack of demand.

The schools are Balestier Hill Secondary School, Henderson Secondary School, MacPherson Secondary School, North View Secondary School, Pioneer Secondary School, Si Ling Secondary School and Siglap Secondary School, the Education Ministry revealed yesterday.

The ministry also put this down to a smaller cohort of secondary school-going students every year - but this did not stop top schools from having higher entry bars.

In this year's PSLE, 98.3 per cent scored well enough to move on to secondary school - the highest figure since the examination was introduced in 1960.

According to media reports and parents, getting into Nanyang Girls' High required a minimum PSLE aggregate score of 264 points, two more than last year. That made it the school with the highest cut-off point. At Raffles Institution, the minimum score went from 256 last year to 261. It was the same for Methodist Girls' School. And it took a minimum score of 260 to qualify for Raffles Girls' School. Last year, the score needed was 258.

Amelia Teng

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 24, 2015, with the headline 'Sec 1 places: Lower demand, higher entry bars'. Print Edition | Subscribe