Here’s the Kiasu Analysis of the results of the 2007 PSLE, for the benefit of those contemplating which school to chiong for their up-and-coming future PSLE heros. The rest of us can use this to decide which schools’ past year papers to purchase to "train" up our kids :).
Top 16 Pupils:
Natasha Nabila Bte Muhamad N/ F/ St. Hilda’s Primary School
Zou Yuhan / F 邹雨函 / Geylang Methodist School (Primary)
Teng Siew Yan Rebecca / F 丁秀恩 / Tao Nan School
Leong Feng Ping Angela / F 梁凤娉 / West Grove Primary School
Pamela Ting Li Ming / F 丁莉明 / Methodist Girls’ School (Primary)
Ang Jie / F 洪洁 / Kong Hwa School
Chng Jin / M 庄劲 / Kong Hwa School
Cheong Yi Loong Benny / M / Tao Nan School
Tan Hwee Min Michelle / F / Tao Nan School
Cao Yuxin / M 曹宇新 / Nanyang Primary School
Amanda Choo Min Hui / F 朱明慧 / Nanyang Primary School
Liu Xuetong / F 刘雪彤 / Canossa Convent Primary School
Ng Li Shan Iris / F 吴丽珊 / Nan Chiau Primary School
Tham Seen Mun Melissa / F 谭茜文 / Nanyang Primary School
Liu Ziwei / F 刘子微 / Nanyang Primary School
Lee Jia Le / F 李佳乐 / Nan Hua Primary School
Score: Girls 13, Boys 3!
So if you want a PSLE champ, better start eating more fish to promote your chance at a female off-spring (according to my mum). Guys are so hopeless these days.
Breakdown based on schools (also known as the Kiasu Parents’ Guide to Which School Principal to Worship):
4 x Nanyang Primary
3 x Tao Nan
2 x Kong Hwa
1 x St. Hilda’s Primary
1 x Geylang Methodist
1 x West Grove Primary
1 x Methodist Girls Primary
1 x Canossa Convent
1 x Nan Chiau Primary
1 x Nan Hua Primary
Kids belonging to the same school tend to have scores close to each other. Look at the Kong Hwa, Tao Nan, and Nanyang Primary kids.
Read what you want in this finding, but I’ll take it to mean there’s some truth in "group think" and "birds of a feather". Either they go through the same good teachers, learning in the same groups, or they copy each other’s paper (no lah… just kidding).
There’s only 1 non-Chinese in the group, but hey, no sweat – she beat them all.
Don’t you think that at least 6 of the kids have non-local-sounding names? Hmm…
Tao Nan, Kong Hwa, and Nan Chiau (or 6/15 top students) belongs to the Hokkien Huay Kuan. Conclusion – Hokkiens more clever? or just more Kiasu?
9/15 kids come from GEP schools. That’s 60%. But that’s only to be expected right… since the GEP should have sucked up all cream of the crop. Err… shouldn’t it have been 100%?
The kid with the longest name topped the group (and the country). Longer name = more clever? Sorry… I actually ran out of things to analyze… just want to make up 8 points for better fengshui.
List of primary schools with at least one student with PSLE aggregate score of 275 or more (in alphabetical order of schools) in 2007