The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results were released on Thursday, Nov. 24, this year.
As usual, this event was met with the release of a lot of pent-up emotions from parents and children, as Primary 6 students savour for the first time in their lives what it is like to cross one significant educational hurdle.
Singapore, to her credit, has taken a few small steps in recent years to play down PSLE achievements.
Since 2013, the Ministry of Education has stopped announcing PSLE’s top scorers and their T-scores in a bid to de-emphasise a results-oriented approach to formal education.
But obviously, mindsets take a longer time to alter as our grades-obsessed society is still playing catch-up and have been aggregating PSLE top scores for themselves.
One Singaporean, though, has taken the initiative to make the point that one's PSLE score does not determine who one is or will become.
Over on Facebook, one user, Khairudin Aljunied, has kicked off the initiative by egging parents and adults in general to state their PSLE scores and how they ended up in life now, as a message to the young ones that grades shouldn't matter:
This exercise has been encouraging. Khairudin said his PSLE score was 221 and he is now an associate professor in a university.
Here are the other responses:
I just manage to pass my PSLE. Im now a Toolroom HOD in a Japanese Engineering Company. I hold a diploma, an Advance Diploma and Masters Certification in OJT. Alhamdulillah
I scored 219 and had to extend a year in poly. Im 26 now and I assist in developing training programmes in LKY Sch for public officials around the world! Currently pursuing my Bachelor's Degree, majoring in Sociology and a minor in Communications.
I nvr take any PSLE, now housewife who is teaching children how to live their life as reliable human. ???
PSLE 237. Was a Radio DJ and TV news presenter for 10 years. Now a Property Agent full time. ?
232, was a school teacher. Now a home tutor and a health coach and loving it!?
My score was 229. Went to neighbourhood schools all my life. Managed to get an honours degree and earn an honest living as an educator for 16 years. ✌?️
PSLE is not everything... although society made it as such sometimes.
234. Phd candidate at a reputable university in London, have taught/shared knowledge students from different corners of the world including a uni and a graduate sch in Paris. #greatinitiativeProf
211. Failed math in Sec 1-3. Was even last in class in Sec 2. Did my O Levels. Scored A2 in English and Math. Scored B3 for all other subjects. Went to Poly. Graduated with a Diploma. Dropped out of Adelaide. Failed in first business. Navigated the corporate world. Rejected from jobs. Sacked from jobs. Ran another business. Failed again. Joined a startup. Joined another one. Got married. Started another startup. Sold that startup to another startup. Now Director of Technology and Co-Founder of iCommerce Asia.
Kids. Every success starts with a failure. And you will continue to face failures in your life. Success is defined by how much you pick yourself up, dust your shoulders, and keep moving forward.
My PSLE score 213.
Quit NTU because i got bored. Captain of Team Singapura Everest 2015. Summited Cho Oyu the 6th highest mountain in the world. Ran out of oxygen yet i continued to climbed. Suffered a stroke. Survived the stroke. Software engineer. Ethical hacker. Rockclimber, ice climber, mountaineer, ultra marathoner. Happily married with a neurobiologist who is finishing her PhD at NUS
PSLE score is just a number. It doesnt define who u are.
229 - 2 degrees, lawyer.
227. Dropped out of JC in Year 1 and went on to Ngee Ann Polytechnic to undertake a diploma. Right now an undergraduate studying Law in a local university. Just because you failed once doesn't give you a reason not to do your best all the time. Always prove your critics wrong.
PSLE score 177 > N levels > O levels > Diploma in Mechanical Eng. at Ngee Ann poly with diploma plus certificate in applied technology and specialisation in Biomedical applications > NTU Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering specialisation in Innovative Design > working as Mechanical Design Engineer in Oil and Gas Industry.
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