Ministry of Education

Performance by Ethnic Group in National Examinations 2001 - 2010

Press release   •   Dec 29, 2011 10:09 +08

The Ministry of Education releases data on the performance of the major ethnic groups in national examinations annually to provide feedback to the communities on how their children fared in the examinations.

Summary: Overall 10-year Trend of Performance (2001 — 2010)

Performance in PSLE

2PSLE results have remained stable over the last 10 years, both in terms of overall percentage of passes and the proportion of PSLE students who scored A*-C in each subject.

Performance in GCE ‘O’ Level

3Progress has been made in the overall percentage of students with at least three O-level passes and at least five O-level passes over the last 10 years. The percentage of GCE ‘O’ Level students who passed English Language has also increased.

Performance in GCE ‘A’ Level

4At the GCE ‘A’ Level, the overall percentage of students with at least 3 ‘A’/’H2’ Passes and a pass in General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry has improved over the last 10 years (from 85% in 2001 to 91% in 2010).

Percentage of P1 Cohort Admitted to Post-Secondary Institutions

5The percentage of each P1 Cohort admitted to post-secondary institutions has improved steadily over the last 10 years (from 86% in 2001 to 93% in 2010).

6The following performance charts for the past ten years (2001 — 2010) are attached:

  • Three sets of charts showing the performance of the various ethnic groups in the PSLE, GCE ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level Examinations1; and
  • One chart on the percentage of each Primary One (P1) cohort admitted to post-secondary institutions2.

Detailed Description of Charts

Performance in PSLE (Charts A1 — A5)

Performance by Overall Measure

7PSLE candidates continued to perform well, with an overall percentage pass rate of above 95%. Please refer to Chart A1.

Performance by Subject

8The overall proportion of PSLE students who scored A-C in English Language and Mother Tongue Language continued to be high, above 95%, while the proportion who scored A-C in Mathematics and Science remained above 80% and 90% respectively. Please refer to Charts A2 — A5.

Performance in GCE ‘O’ Level (Charts B1 — B5)

Performance by Overall Measure

9The proportion of GCE ‘O’ level students with at least 3 ‘O’ level passes remained high, at about 95%, while the proportion with at least 5 ‘O’ level passes remained above 80%. Please refer to Charts B1 and B2.

Performance by Subject

10The overall pass rates for English Language, Mother Tongue Language and Mathematics have all remained high and comparable with the previous years (above 85%, 95% and 85% respectively). Please refer to Charts B3 — B5.

Performance in GCE ‘A’ Level (Charts C1 — C3)

Performance by Overall Measure

11The proportion of GCE ‘A’ level students who obtained at least 3 ‘H2’ passes and passed General Paper or Knowledge and Inquiry exceeded 90% in 2010. Please refer to Chart C1.

Performance by Subject

12The overall pass rates in General Paper (GP) or Knowledge and Inquiry and Mother Tongue Language continued to be high, at above 90%. Please refer to Charts C2 and C3.

Percentage of P1 Cohort Admitted to Post-Secondary Institutions (Chart D)

13The percentage of a P1 cohort admitted to post-secondary institutions3, including private education institutions, has remained high at above 90%. Please refer to Chart D.

Footnotes:

  1. The percentages are based on school candidates who sat for the respective examinations.
  2. The percentages are based on students who were enrolled in P1 10 years ago.
  3. Junior colleges, Centralised Institute, Polytechnics, ITE, LASALLE College of the Arts, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) and other private education institutions.