Remember when PSLE top scorers were so admired that they became poster kids for tuition centres and brain-friendly chicken essence?
Parents and kids tuned in to the media to listen to them share their secrets of academic success.
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Muhammad Saad Siddiqui (pictured above), who was the top Indian pupil in 2009 with a score of 277, recalls his 15 minutes of fame, right outside Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) where he studied.
He told The Straits Times (ST): “The poster was up in front of my school for the first six months of Secondary 1. It was novel and it did get me noticed a little.”
He went on to do a human, social and political sciences course at Cambridge University.
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Rebecca Jeyaraj topped her cohort with a score of 281 in 2006. In interviews on TV and newspapers, the Raffles Girls’ Primary School pupil shared her ambition to be a doctor, like her mother who worked as a general practitioner and father, a transplant surgeon.
Rebecca is fulfilling her dream as a medical student at University College London.