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.
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.”
The 21-year-old will be starting a human, social and political sciences course at Cambridge University in September.
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.
Now 23, Rebecca is fulfilling her dream as a medical student at University College London.