“HAPPY HUG: Beaming with delight, Riverside Secondary student Chong Hui Fang, hugs her teacher Madam Norashikin Noor, 47, after receiving her ‘O’ level results on Friday. Riverside Secondary was among four schools that qualified for the Education Ministry’s list of ‘significantly improved’ institutions. To qualify, a school has to increase the number of its students’ passes by 10 per cent or more, and more than half its students have to pass five or more subjects. — HOW HWEE YOUNG”
Sister goes one better
IT WAS a tough act to follow. With her elder sister as the top Secondary 5 student in their school for the O levels last year, matching this feat was the last thing on Miss Tan Yi Qian’s mind yesterday afternoon.
Topping the country’s Secondary 5 cohort is Yi Qian, (above) from Riverside Secondary, who scored six A1s and a B3 in English. She was helped by her sister Sheena. — HOW HWEE YOUNG
But not only did the soft-spoken 17-year-old student from Riverside Secondary beat her sister, she also topped the country’s Secondary 5 cohort by scoring six A1s and a B3 in English for last year’s O-level examinations.
Sibling rivalry it was not. When asked how she managed the achievement, Yi Qian attributed it foremost to the help and support she got from her family of four, especially her sister Sheena.
Said Yi Qian: ‘Since I was studying the same subjects as her, she knew how to help me when I had problems.’
But Sheena, 18, now a first-year accountancy student at Ngee Ann Polytechnic, said her younger sister was too modest: ‘She deserves it. She’s very hardworking and always did better.’
Few schools show marked improvement in O-level results
SECONDARY schools here are scoring well so consistently in the O level
examinations that fewer of them are able to qualify for the Education Ministry’s
list of ‘significantly improved’ institutions.
To get on the list, a school has to increase the number of passing students by
10 per cent or more and ensure that more than half of the examinees pass five or
When the O level results were released on Friday, only four schools qualified —
Deyi Secondary, East View Secondary, Riverside Secondary and Tampines Secondary.
This is a far cry from last year’s record number of 17.
A ministry spokesman explained that as schools get better academically over the
years, it has become more difficult for them to exhibit a marked improvement.
For example, more than 90 per cent of the students at Deyi Secondary had five or
more O level passes this time.
Next year, it will not make the list as it is not statistically possible for it
to improve by 10 percentage points.
This year, two in five secondary schools had more than 80 per cent of their
students scoring five or more O level passes.
Only nine of the 143 secondary schools here had less than half of their students
getting at least five passes.