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Criteria for Secondary school streaming proportions

Published Date: 12 February 2019 12:00 AM

News Parliamentary Replies

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Louis Ng Kok Kwang, Nee Soon GRC


To ask the Minister for Education (a) how does the Ministry decide what percentage of students are streamed into the Normal (Technical), Normal (Academic), and Express streams each year; and (b) whether the streaming system allows for the possibility that no students enter the Normal (Technical) or Normal (Academic) stream in a given year.


1. The Ministry sets qualifying criteria based on PSLE result for the courses to ensure that students accessing each course can cope with its academic rigour and pace of learning. So the proportion of students in Normal (Technical), Normal (Academic), and Express course is dependent on students’ performance at the PSLE and their eligibility for the respective courses, and the students’ choices when they are eligible for two courses.

2. The table below shows the placement criteria for each course and option band. The proportion of students in each course varies slightly from year to year. It is possible that in a cohort when more students meet the Express and Normal (Academic) criteria, we may end up having very few Normal (Technical) classes. This remains the case when we move to a new PSLE scoring system in 2021.

Eligible for PSLE T-score
Express 200 and above
Express / Normal (Academic) 188 – 199
Normal (Academic) 160 – 187
Normal (Academic) / Normal (Technical) 152 – 159
Normal (Technical) 151 and below, with at least a Grade “E” in both English and Mathematics