Last Thursday was a butterfly in the stomach sort of the day for over 48,000 kids and parents. It was the day that Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) results were released.
Out of the 48,541 Primary six pupils who sat for the PSLE this year, 47,117 pupils (or 97.1 per cent) will proceed to secondary school.
For those who did not pass the exam, they have a choice of enrolling in Assumption Pathway School or NorthLight School, or re-taking their PSLE.
For home-schooled children, 37 took the examinations this year. Seventeen, or 46 per cent, did not meet the benchmark.
But what came as a shocker to most parents was the fact that the top student wasn’t a Singaporean but a girl from China, who moved to Singapore only four years ago.
About the top PSLE Scorer
Before moving from Guangzhou, Qiu Biqing barely spoke English. The 13-year old admits that she still finds English very tough, but despite this difficulty, she garnered an aggregate score of 290 (four A stars) making her the number one student for this year.
She comes from Qifa Primary School, located at West Coast. Ms Qiu will be continuing her secondary education at Raffles Girls School.
The top Malay and Eurasian students, Syafiqah Nabilah Bte Shamshera and Samantha Annabelle Neubronner are both from Raffles Girls’ Primary School. The top Indian student is Muhammad Saad Siddiqui from Anglo-Chinese School.
Another shocker, was the fact that seven of the 13 best students this year came from neighbourhood schools. This is a surprising change from the last year’s result where only two students from these schools topped the exams. These primary schools include South View, Greenridge, Gongshang and Rulang.