SINGAPORE - More students are going on to post-secondary education, and they are doing better in national examinations compared with a decade ago.
The data was revealed on Tuesday by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in its annual report on how students have fared over the past decade.
But in a departure from previous years, the ministry has renamed this year's report.
In the past, the report was called Performance By Ethnic Group In National Examinations.
This year, it is titled 10-Year Trend Of Educational Performance in what some observers see as a move to tone down the focus on how students from each ethnic group fared. But information on how each group fared at different education levels is still made available in the report.
There has been discussion over whether such information should be made public. Last year, Nominated MP (NMP) Eugene Tan raised his concerns in Parliament that this could lead to racial stereotyping.
The MOE had said then that such data was useful in helping community leaders and self-help groups assess their programmes.
According to yesterday's report, more have made it beyond secondary school in the last decade. Of the cohort that entered Primary 1 in 2002, 96 per cent were admitted to post-secondary institutions in 2012, compared with 88 per cent for the 1993 cohort.