N-level results: 72.8 per cent of Normal (Academic) students can go on to Sec 5

N-level results: 72.8 per cent of Normal (Academic) students can go on to Sec 5

Of the 12,419 students from the Normal (Academic) course who took the exams, 99.5 per cent of them passed at least one subject. Of the cohort, 72.8 per cent obtained an aggregate score of not more than 19 points, qualifying them to go on to Secondary 5, where they can take their O-level exams at the end of the year.


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Here is the full statement from the Ministry of Education:

Students who had sat the 2013 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) Level Examinations collected their results from their secondary schools today.

12,419 students in the Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) Course and 5,510 students in the Secondary 4 Normal (Technical) Course had sat the Examinations.

99.5% of the students from the Normal (Academic) course have been awarded the Normal (Academic) Level certificate. The Normal (Academic) Level certificate is awarded to a candidate who obtains a pass grade of Grade 5 or better in at least one Normal (Academic) subject.

98.0% of the students from the Normal (Technical) course have been awarded the Normal (Technical) Level certificate. The Normal (Technical) Level certificate is awarded to a candidate who obtains a pass grade of Grade D or better in at least one Normal (Technical) subject.

72.8% of the students from the Normal (Academic) course are eligible for promotion to Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) in 2014. These are students in the Normal (Academic) course who obtained an aggregate not exceeding 19 points in English Language (EL), Mathematics and best three subjects (ELMAB3) and a Grade 5 or better for both EL and Mathematics.

This year, 32.5% of the students from the Normal (Academic) course sat for subjects in the GCE Ordinary Level (GCE 'O' Level) Examination. These students are also eligible to proceed to Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) if they obtain an aggregate not exceeding 19 points in EL, Mathematics and best three subjects, and a Grade 5 or better for both EL and Mathematics, using their combined GCE Normal (Academic) Level and their school-based 'O' Level preliminary examination results.

Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who had attempted the GCE Normal (Academic) examinations in 2013 and obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate not exceeding 19 points2 will have the option of applying for the Direct-EntryScheme into Polytechnic Programme (DPP) at ITE as an alternative to the Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) year.

The DPP comprises a direct enrolment into Higher Nitec courses at ITE with a corresponding articulation into mapped polytechnic diploma courses if students meet the Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements. ITE will offer about 1,000 DPP places. Applications to the DPP will open on 19 December 2013. For more information, please refer to http://www.ite.edu.sg/wps/portal/definitely-des/.

Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who had attempted the Normal (Academic) examinations in 2013 and obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate not exceeding 11 points3 will also have the option of applying for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) as an alternative to the Secondary 5 Normal (Academic) year.

The PFP is a one-year foundation programme at the polytechnics that offers a practice-oriented curriculum taught by polytechnic lecturers. The polytechnics will offer about 1,200 PFP places in total. Applications to the PFP will open in January 2014 after the release of the GCE 'O' Level Examination results. Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) students who intend to apply for the PFP should first progress to Secondary 5 on 2 January 2014. For more information, please refer to http://www.polytechnic.edu.sg/pfp/.

All Normal (Technical) course students who have completed their secondary education in 2013 can apply to further their studies at ITE. Schools may also laterally transfer Secondary 4 Normal (Technical) students to Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) if they have obtained grade A for EL and Mathematics and grade B or better for one other subject at the Normal (Technical) Level.

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