- Nanyang Girls’ High: highest of the lot at 264 points, up from 262 in 2014.
- Raffles Institution and Methodist Girls’ School: 261, from 256.
- Raffles Girls’ School: 260, from 258.
- Hwa Chong Institution: 260, up from 256.
- Dunman High School: 258, up from 253.
- CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School: 258, up from 253 for the Integrated Programme; 253, up from 245 for the O-level track.
While the Ministry of Education (MOE) did not release this year’s top score, many online believe it to be 283. Of the 39,286 Primary 6 pupils who sat the PSLE this year, a record 98.3 per cent did well enough to move on to a secondary school, up from last year’s 97.6 per cent.
Between 1980 and last year, the percentage of students eligible to enrol in secondary schools ranged between 81.7 and 97.8 per cent.
An MOE spokesman told The Straits Times that cut-off points are not pre-determined before students are posted to schools as these depend on their PSLE results and their school choices.
“The previous year’s posting aggregate range is published to serve as an approximate guide, and the eventual range may vary depending on demand patterns and cohort size for that year,” she said.
She adds that factors such as teaching programmes, teachers’ commitment and student motivation contribute to the improved performance of PSLE cohorts.
Housewife Anne Tan, 50, thought her son had a good chance of entering National Junior College (NJC) based on last year’s cut-off score of 254. This year, it rose to 258. Her son, 12, whose score was 256, was posted to his second choice, Anglo-Chinese School (Independent).
“He wanted to do the Art Elective Programme in NJC, and we live six MRT stations away from the school,” said Madam Tan, who submitted an appeal to NJC this month.
Dr Sin Wen Yee, 46, whose son was posted to Catholic High School’s Integrated Programme, said she considered appealing to Raffles Institution, his first choice, which he missed by two points.
She said: “I expected that schools would have higher cut-off points because many of his schoolmates had fairly high scores and my son was surprised with his own score.
“But my son, who was from Catholic High School’s primary section, says it is a happy place to be in, and he feels that he will have more opportunities to excel and shine.” – The Straits Times