PSLE candidature and IP IB cohort size

Published Date: 08 May 2017 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Darryl David, Ang Mo Kio GRC


To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) for the past five years (a) what is the number of students for each PSLE cohort; and (b) what is the percentage of students in each PSLE cohort who go on to take alternative qualifications, such as the Integrated Programme or International Baccalaureate diploma, instead of the GCE "O" Level examinations.


1. The number of students who sat for the PSLE from 2012 to 2016 is below.

PSLE Year Approximate Number of PSLE Candidates
2012 48,300
2013 43,000
2014 42,300
2015 39,300
2016 38,800

2. The Integrated Programme, or IP, is a 6-year programme that culminates in the GCE A-Levels, the International Baccalaureate (IB) or the NUS High School of Mathematics and Science Diploma. Students in IP do not sit for the GCE O-Levels.

3. MOE has planned the IP intake to be able to cater to about 10% of the PSLE cohort each year, starting in the early years of the IP expansion with a smaller percentage and gradually expanding this to reach about 8% in the 2012 PSLE cohort and 10% in the 2016 PSLE cohort.

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