14th November 2022
According to the Ministry of Education, the number of primary school pupils applying to secondary schools through direct admissions has been rising.
Mrs Tan, who is also a deputy director-general at MOE, said that this is a result of encouraging schools to offer direct school admissions across the education landscape.
Direct School Admission is a programme that allows primary school pupils to apply to secondary schools before the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) on the merit of their unique abilities in areas such as sports and creative writing, as well as academic subjects like science and the humanities.
At a webinar aimed at explaining to parents the new PSLE scoring system, which came into effect in 2021, various school principals discussed school choices and took questions on topics such as how to tell if a child is suitable for the Integrated Programme, a six-year through-train programme some schools offer where students skip the O-level exams.