6% of Technical students move to Academic

Some six per cent or about 380 Normal (Technical) students transfer to the Normal (Academic) stream every year when they finish Secondary 1.

In comparison, an average of five students make the same transfer at the end of Secondary 4. Giving this update, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Education Sim Ann said students who can benefit from a more academic track are identified early.

The Education Ministry "does not view any educational pathway as being superior to any other".

Teachers work very hard to "promote the self-confidence and learning outcomes" of students, she said, regardless of the educational stream.

This article was first published in The New Paper.