24 May '18, 1am

Only 44.9% of students passed very first PSLE in 1960

The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) was introduced in 1960. It was announced by then Minister for Education Yong Nyuk Lin and was the first national examination to be established in Singapore. Advertisement Exams for cohesion It was a time where more than three-quarters of the population was Chinese, but half of the population was in an English-stream school. On the other hand, Malay was accepted to be the national language of the state. With the unique scenario of having to balance four language streams, the PSLE was established as a way to unite the different ethnic groups and ultimately promote loyalty to the state. Bet you didn’t know that. Advertisement PSLE’s predecessors Before the implementation of PSLE, the secondary entrance examinations were conducted differently by different schools, depending on the language medium. The Common Standard VI Entrance Ex...

Full article: https://mothership.sg/2018/05/first-psle-in-singapore-196...

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