Start of Streaming in Secondary Schools

In the 1970s, a large number of students were having difficulty finishing primary school and were dropping out. Streaming was introduced to cater to the different learning paces of students. This reduced the drop-out rate significantly.


Subject-Based Banding (Secondary)

Through SBB (Secondary), students are able to take English Language, Mathematics, Science and Mother Tongue Language, at a more demanding level when they enter Secondary 1, based on their performance in these subjects at the PSLE.

As they progress in their secondary education, those who do well in school-based assessments in these subjects also have the opportunity to take that subject at a more demanding level.

2020 - 2023

Full Subject-Based Banding (Full SBB): Pilot Phase and Roll-Out

With encouraging results from students taking SBB(Sec) in the 2017 and 2018 O- and N-Level exams, as well as positive feedback from students, parents and teachers, MOE has decided to expand SBB(Sec) to Full SBB.

It is being piloted in 28 secondary schools from 2020 and will be rolled out to other secondary schools in phases.


Full Implementation of Full SBB

Most secondary schools will have implemented Full SBB.

Full SBB will give greater flexibility to the secondary education system, with students studying different subjects at different levels. This way, our secondary education system can continue to adapt to students' learning needs.

Every child will continue to have access to opportunities, throughout their education journey, to develop their unique talents and fulfil their potential in life.