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O-level results: 82.7 per cent with at least five passes, highest in recent years

An emotional 18-year-old Nor Amira Mahmood (centre) from Si Ling Secondary School is congratulated by her sister Norfazila Mahmood (extreme left) after she received her results. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
An emotional 18-year-old Nor Amira Mahmood (centre) from Si Ling Secondary School is congratulated by her sister Norfazila Mahmood (extreme left) after she received her results. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Hazleena Roslee (left) from Si Ling Secondary School is hugged by her combined humanities teacher Pearlyn Cheah, 30, after receiving her results. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Hazleena Roslee (left) from Si Ling Secondary School is hugged by her combined humanities teacher Pearlyn Cheah, 30, after receiving her results. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Si Ling Secondary School principal Mr Wong Lok Oon (extreme left) and vice-principal (admin) Mr Tan Tong Aik (second from left) congratulate students who did well for their GCE O-level examination results. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Si Ling Secondary School principal Mr Wong Lok Oon (extreme left) and vice-principal (admin) Mr Tan Tong Aik (second from left) congratulate students who did well for their GCE O-level examination results. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Si Ling Secondary School students react at their results projected on the screen in the school hall. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Si Ling Secondary School students react at their results projected on the screen in the school hall. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Students from Cedar Girls' Secondary School react upon hearing their O-level results, on Jan 13, 2014. Some 82.7 per cent of the students who took the GCE O-level examination last year achieved five or more passes - the highest in recent years.
Students from Cedar Girls' Secondary School react upon hearing their O-level results, on Jan 13, 2014. Some 82.7 per cent of the students who took the GCE O-level examination last year achieved five or more passes - the highest in recent years. -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN 

Some 82.7 per cent of the students who took the GCE O-level examination last year achieved five or more passes - the highest in recent years.

In 2012, 81.3 per cent scored five or more passes. The figure had stayed below 82 per cent in the past few years.

Of the 34,124 school candidates who sat the O-level exam last year, 95.7 per cent scored three or more passes, and 99.9 per cen passed at least one O-level subject, the Ministry of Education said on Monday. Overall, the cohort size was smaller, compared to some 37,000 students who took the exam in 2012.

O-level results 2013
Year No. of candidates More than 3 passes More than 5 passes
Total Percentage Total Percentage
2013 34,124 32,645 95.7 28,221 82.7
2012 37,267 35,588 95.5 30,305 81.3
2011 36,955 35,221 95.3 30,281 81.9
2010 37,655 35,753 94.9 30,562 81.2
2009 37,424 35,514 94.9 30,353 81.1

Source: Ministry of Education

Compiled by Lin Zhaowei

Separately, 90.3 per cent of the 4,170 students from the Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) course who took one or more O-level subjects last year obtained at least one pass.

A total of 2,615 private candidates also sat the exam, with 90.3 per cent of them being awarded certificates.

Students can use their O-level results to apply to junior colleges, the Millennia Institute, polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education through the Joint Admissions Exercise or Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise. Registration for both exercises began at 3pm, Monday, and will end at 4pm on Jan 17. Posting results will be out tentatively on Feb 5.

Students can visit ecareers.sg, an education and career guidance portal hosted by MOE that provides information on the options available to them.