Celebrating other achievements
For the last six years, however, names of top PSLE pupils have remained a secret.
The Ministry of Education announced in 2012 that it would no longer list the top scorers when releasing national examination results.
Soh Qian Ying (pictured above) garnered a score of 275 that placed her among the top 10 in 2011. That was when the last batch of top PSLE pupils was announced.
The alumna of RGS and RI told ST that while it was nice to be recognised: “I also feel happy because the unnecessary expectations and pressure can be taken off the shoulders of some students.”
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Schools now celebrate their good performers in groups. They also recognise pupils who overcame the odds in their lives or did well in non-academic areas such as sports.
Emergency medicine physician Dr Nur Diana Zakaria, the top Malay pupil in 2000, believes this is the right way.
Every child can excel in his own way, said Dr Diana, who scored 287.