Lower PSLE cut off points for top secondary schools in 2017

There was a slight drop in cut off points for top secondary schools in Singapore after the 2016 PSLE.

There was a slight drop in cut off points for top secondary schools in Singapore after the 2016 PSLE.

The minimum entry requirement for most popular secondary schools dropped slightly this year.

This is despite the cohort's record performance at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) this year, with 98.4 per cent doing well enough to progress to secondary school - a new record since the national exam was introduced in 1960.

One reason for this dip could be the smaller cohort size. A total of 38,808 pupils sat the PSLE this year, down from 39,286 last year.

Schools with the highest cut-off points based on the PSLE T-score of four subjects (click on the school names to go to their respective websites):

Nanyang Girls' High School – 264 points (the same as last year).

Methodist Girls' School's Integrated Programme – 259 (down from 261 last year)

Dunman High School –  257 (down from 258).

Raffles Institution – 260 (down from 261)

Hwa Chong Institution – 259 (down from 260)

CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School, Integrated Programme – 257 (down from 258)

CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School, O-level track – 253 (no change)

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Those who did not meet the cut-off points will find it difficult to transfer to another school. Last year (2015),the Ministry of Education issued a new directive. All secondary schools are now not allowed to take in transfer pupils whose PSLE scores did not meet their cut-off points during the school transfer season.

Before this, schools with vacancies after the Secondary 1 posting exercise could accept students with lower scores who appeal.

Choosing a secondary school: the new appeal rule you must know about 

Students were informed on Dec 21 of the secondary schools that they have been posted to, and must report to their respective secondary schools on Dec 22 at 8.30am.

Those applying for school transfers should first report to their posted secondary schools, and submit an application form to the schools that they wish to appeal to by 12 noon on Dec 22.

The results of the appeals will only be made known to applicants in early January 2017.

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 A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.


(File photo:The Straits Times

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