Kiasu Analysis of 2008 PSLE Results

(Updated 10 Jan 2009) Now that the dust has somewhat settled, and the kids that did well have come back home after celebrating on the streets, while those that didn’t have started moving on with their lives, it is time for our annual analysis of the PSLE results.

Finding #1

Highest score this year is 287.  The record score of 294 set in 2007 last year remains intact (do I hear a sigh of relief from St Hildans?).  Similarities of both years’ top scorers: they both wear skirts and glasses.  That’s about it.  True to Gusteau’s mantra of “Anyone Can Cook” in Ratatouille, we find that anyone can be top scholar in Singapore, whether you are a stewardess’ or an opthalmologist’s daughter.  But of course, having a stay-home-mum and coming from the hottest schools in Singapore seem to help in both cases.

Finding #2

And it does appear that having less testosterone also helps.  10 girls to 5 boys.  Slightly more balanced this year compared to last year’s 13:3 ratio, but yes, the girls continue to pummel the boys in the game of PSLE supremacy.  Tsk tsk.  I’m starting to lose hope for the male sex.

Finding #3

Once again, this year’s champion Primary school is Nanyang Primary School, sending the same number (4) of students to the top 15 list as they did last year.  Once again, Raffles Girls’ is conspicuous by its absence in the top 15.  With that, NYPS takes pole position and is now the one to beat in our KSP Ratings.  Tao Nan was sadly unable to match its feat of 3 in the top 15 last year.  Sigh.  I had such high expectations for that school.

Finding #4

A whole new bunch of schools entered the >275 honor list for the first time since 2000 (or forever) :

  • Casuarina Primary School
  • Edgefield Primary School
  • Fuchun Primary School
  • Greenwood Primary School
  • Hougang Primary School
  • Kemin Primary School
  • Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Primary School
  • Marymount Convent School
  • Rivervale Primary School
  • St. Joseph’s Institution Junior
  • Temasek Primary School
  • Townsville Primary School
  • Woodlands Ring Primary School
  • Yumin Primary School

The people’s faith in the perennially hot schools during P1 registration such as Hougang Primary, Kuo Chuan, Rivervale, and SJI is finally vindicated!

Finding #5

Making believers out of skeptics by repeating or exceeding their gargantuan feat of entering the “elite list” last year are the following schools:

  • Anglo-Chinese School (Junior)
  • Yew Tee Primary School
  • Nan Chiau Primary School
  • West Grove Primary School
  • Chua Chu Kang Primary School
  • East Spring Primary School
  • Fairfield Methodist Primary School
  • Haig Girls’ School
  • Ngee Ann Primary School
  • Paya Lebar Methodist Girls’ School (Primary)
  • South View Primary School 

If they can continue to generate top students next year, these schools will become multiple-times overscribed in Phase 2C in the coming years, if they aren’t already.  Parents with soon-to-be-enrolled-in-Primary-One kids, please note.

Finding #6

The following list of schools are in danger of becoming one-hit wonders, with 4 or more years having passed since their last (and only) admittance into the honor list.  Let’s hope the kids in these schools will do their schools proud by working hard and doing well in PSLE 2009!

  • Jiemin Primary School
  • Guangyang Primary School
  • Seng Kang Primary School
  • Ang Mo Kio Primary School
  • Dazhong Primary School
  • Farrer Park Primary School
  • Jin Tai Primary School
  • Jurong West Primary School
  • Mayflower Primary School
  • Montfort Junior School
  • Opera Estate Primary School
  • Teck Whye Primary School
  • Yishun Primary School
  • Yuhua Primary School

Here’s the forum discussion thread in case you are looking for more gossip.

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