Cut-off points up for popular secondary schools like Raffles Institution and Nanyang Girls' High
Increase of two to eight points after record performance by this year's PSLE cohort
straitstimes.com, DEC 24, 2015,
SINGAPORE - The minimum entry requirement for popular secondary schools was raised by between two and eight points this year.
The increased scores - which are aggregated from four subjects at the Primary School Leaving Examination - follow a record performance by this year's cohort.
Schools with the highest cut-off points include Nanyang Girls' High, which took the lead with 264 points, up from 262 last year.
The score for both Methodist Girls' School and Raffles Institution rose from 256 last year to 261, while that for Raffles Girls' School went up by two points to 260.
Hwa Chong Institution's cut-off went up by four points to 260, while Dunman High School's score was 258, compared to 253 last year.
Edupoll Rankings of Top Secondary Schools in Singapore
1. Nanyang Girls' High School (Lee Kuan Yew is the patron)- this school has the highest PSLE COP in Singapore
2. Raffles Institution (alma mater of Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong)
3. Raffles Girls Secondary School
4. Hwa Chong Institution
5. NUS High School
6. Dunman High School
7. Anglo-Chinese School ( Independent )
8. River Valley High School
9. Victoria Junior College IP
10. National Junior College IP
11. Singapore Chinese Girls' School
12. Methodist Girls' School
13. CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School
14. Catholic High School ( alma mater of PM Lee Hsien Loong )
15. St Joseph Institution ( alma mater of President Tony Tan)
16. Victoria School ( alma mater of President S R Nathan )
The above top secondary schools in Singapore have high PSLE cut-off points, rigorous academic curriculum and strong scholastic culture.
For Nanyang Girls' High, Dunman High and River Valley High, students must be effectively bilingual in English and Chinese.
DPM Tharman's daughter studies Chinese as a Second Language at Nanyang Girls' High whilst his sons attended Hwa Chong Institution.
Former PM Lee Kuan Yew's daughter Lee Wei Ling studied at Nanyang Girls' High School.
Both Lee Kuan Yew and Goh Chok Tong attended Raffles Institution.
Singapore's only female Cabinet minister Grace Fu is an alumnus of Nanyang Girls High School.
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