Record-breaking year for O-level results, with 83.8% of students passing 5 or more subjects

O-level result release at Chung Cheng High School on Jan 11, 2016. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN
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SINGAPORE - Last year's cohort of O-level students put up an excellent showing with the best performance to-date for the annual examination, with 83.8 per cent of them attaining five or more passes.

This surpasses the 83.3 per cent mark set by the class of 2014. Then, it was the best showing at the national exam in at least two decades going back to 1994. Prior to 2014, the figure had stayed below 83 per cent.

A total of 29,723 students took the O-level exams last year.

In a joint press release, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board said on Monday (Jan 11) that 96.1 per cent of the students attained at least three passes, while 99.9 per cent passed at least one subject. These results were largely similar to the previous batch's 95.9 per cent and 99.9 per cent, respectively.

The performance of Normal (Academic) students and private candidates also improved.

Of the 3,950 Normal (Academic) students who took their O-level papers last year, 88.6 per cent passed at least one subject. This figure is higher than the 87.9 per cent achieved by the previous cohort.

Of the 1,983 private candidates who also took the exam, 90.5 per cent got at least one pass. This was better than the previous batch's 89.5 per cent.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also posted a note of encouragement to students on his Facebook page on Monday, wishing "all the best as you start on your next adventure".

Students went back to their secondary schools at 2pm on Monday to collect their results.

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

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