How to get 278 on PSLE - "She has more than 50 assessment books and spent most of her...


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4 Sep 2011
Some 97 per cent of students who sat for their Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) this year have done well to move on to secondary schools.

Topping the cohort is Yasmin Ziqin Mohamed Yousoof from Rulang Primary School, with a score of 283.

She is also the top Indian pupil.

The top Chinese student is Hannah Tan Jia Hwee from Raffles Girls' Primary School.

The top Malay pupil is Natalia Nadila Muhamad from St Hilda's Primary School.

And, the top Eurasian pupil is Bjorn Kaijun Betzler from Anglo-Chinese School.

A total of 45,261 Primary 6 pupils sat for the PSLE this year. Among these pupils, 44,106 pupils (or 97.4%) are assessed as suitable to proceed to secondary school, said the Ministry of Education (MOE).

In terms of course eligibility, 62.9 per cent have made it to the Express course, 23.1 per cent will head for the Normal (Academic) stream while 11.4 per cent are moving on to the Normal (Technical) course.

The MOE said 1,155 pupils did not pass the PSLE and will go for vocational training.

Yasmin is the first top PSLE student Rulang Primary in Jurong has produced since it was founded 81 years ago as Joo Long Public School.

Yasmin, born to a Chinese mother and Indian-Muslim father, attributed her performance to her peers, parents and teachers.

She said: "My peers, they were the ones who made me laugh every time at school, so that was the thing that made me look forward to going to school. And, my parents, they were very supportive, they told me that it's 'ok' whatever results I get as long as I have tried my best.... And my teachers, they really drilled me. For example, my maths improved tremendously and greatly because of my form teacher's effort."

For Natalia Nadila, the top Malay student, her inspiration is her sister, Natasha Nabila who obtained 294 points four years ago, the best PSLE score in 17 years.

Natalia Nadila, who scored 280 points, said: "As for my secret for success, I don't really have one. But, like my sister, I enjoy reading and I think that has helped a lot, and the people around me who have been encouraging me, they have also helped."

Other top pupils among the cohort include Leia Teo from Kong Hwa School who obtained an aggregate score of 278.

She has more than 50 assessment books and spent most of her after-school hours revising her work.

She said: "I'm very grateful to my mother who has resigned from her job for my Primary 6 PSLE. Every day, she'll sit next to me and teach me how to answer difficult questions and how to tackle them. She also gives me advice on how to relax and not be so tensed."

For Mohamad Azali Mohamad Jamil from Fuhua Primary, his PSLE results were sweet victory.

He had played truant for nearly six months when he was in Primary Five and even thought of dropping out of school.

But his teachers persuaded him to continue, even putting the avid football lover into the school team to give him something to look forward to.

Now, Azali has done well enough to qualify for the Normal (Technical) stream.

Students have until 30 November to submit their choices of secondary schools.

The Secondary One posting results will be released on 21 December.

- CNA/ck/ir