Correlation between students' PSLE performances and secondary school results

Published Date: 02 October 2017 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Gan Thiam Poh, Ang Mo Kio GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) whether there is a correlation between students' PSLE performances and secondary school results.

Response

1. A student who has built a stronger academic foundation at a lower level will be better prepared to access and acquire new knowledge at a higher level. Hence, students’ academic performance in secondary school is positively correlated with that in primary school, including their Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) performance.

2. However, the academic performance of students is simultaneously also affected by many other complex factors. These include student motivation, peer influence, and the support from home, schools and the broader community. Altogether these other factors contribute more to a student’s secondary school academic performance than what he or she scored in PSLE 4 or 5 years before.

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