schweppes wrote:karenmok wrote:This friend of mine was telling me about her son's performance. He is in sec 3 express. He fared poorly in year-end exams. Either he needs to repeat sec 3 express or move to sec 4 NA. She is very depressed and angry with son. How can I console her?
Option 1: He could progress to S4A and work very very hard to do well in the N level exams. If he meets the minimum criteria (I can't recall the cut-off; ask him/parent to check with sch), he can enter the Poly Foundation Program (PFP) which allows him to enter poly by going thru a bridging prog first and then carry on with poly education. He gets to skip O levels.
Option 2 : move on to S4A, decide whether to go thru PFP (if qualify), otherwise progress to S5A to do O levels. Can decide to go JC or poly after that depending on results.
Option 3: But if he wants to do A levels, then best to repeat S3E and then S4E to do O levels.
if the boy is not able to cope in the express stream which is very demanding, it is not a bad idea to switch to Sec 4NA. I did think of PFP for my daughter, but a friend told me it is not a good idea because 1) there is no O level cert since the child gets to skip it 2) courses for PFP are rather limited.