Students who sat for the 2016 Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education (GCE) Normal (Academic) [N(A)] and Normal (Technical) [N(T)] Level Examinations collected their results from their secondary schools today
This year’s GCE N-Level results shows the percentage of students receiving their Normal (Academic and Technical) certificates go up from the last year, according to figures stated in a joint press release from the Ministry of Education and Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board on Monday on 19 Dec.
There are 12,305 students from the Secondary 4 N(A) Course and 5,470 students from the Secondary 4 N(T) Course who have sat for the examinations.
99.6 percent of the students from the N(A) course have been awarded the GCE N(A)-Level certificate, up a little from last year’s 99.5 percent. The GCE N(A)-Level certificate is awarded to candidates who obtain a pass grade of Grade 5 or better in at least one N(A) subject.
MOE and SEAB informed, 75.2 percent of students from the N(A) category are eligible for promotion to Secondary 5 N(A) next year. Last year, 74.9 percent were eligible for promotion in this group.
And 97.1 percent of the students from the N(T) course have been awarded the GCE N(T)-Level certificate, also up from the 96.6 percent of the year 2015. The GCE N(T)-Level certificate is awarded to candidates who obtain a pass grade of Grade D or better in at least one N(T) subject.
MOE and SEAB further informed that 75.2 percent of the students from the N(A) course are eligible for promotion to Secondary 5 N(A) in 2017. These are students in the N(A) course who obtained an aggregate not exceeding 19 points in English Language, Mathematics and best three subjects (ELMAB3), and at least a Grade 5 for all subjects used in the computation of the ELMAB3.
And Secondary 4 N(A) students who had sat for the GCE N(A)-Level Examinations in 2016 and obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate of not exceeding 19 points could apply for the Direct-Entry Scheme to Polytechnic Program (DPP).
To be eligible for the DPP, students must also attain a minimum grade of 4 in both English Language (minimum required grade of 3 for Business & Services courses) and Mathematics, and minimum grade of 5 in three other subjects (excluding CCA).
CCA bonus points are not factored into the ELMAB3 aggregate used for considering eligibility for the DPP, but are taken into account for posting.
The DPP prepares Secondary 4 N(A) students for progression into selected polytechnic diploma courses via a two-year Higher Nitec program at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).
Under the DPP, students who successfully complete their Higher Nitec course and attain the minimum qualifying Grade Point Average (GPA) are guaranteed a place in a polytechnic diploma course mapped to their Higher Nitec course.
About 1,000 DPP places will be offered across all three ITE Colleges; the applications for the DPP is opened on 19 Dec, the press release stated.
MOH and SEAB also informed that Secondary 4 N(A) students who sat for the GCE N(A)-Level Examinations in 2016 and obtained an ELMAB3 aggregate not exceeding 11 points have the option of applying for the Polytechnic Foundation Program (PFP).
To be eligible for the PFP, students must also attain a minimum grade of 3 in all subjects that make up the ELMAB3 aggregate. CCA bonus points are not factored into the ELMAB3 aggregate used for considering eligibility for the PFP, but are taken into account for posting, the press release informed.
The PFP is a one-year foundation program at the polytechnics that offers a practice-oriented curriculum taught by polytechnic lecturers to prepare students for entry into the relevant Polytechnic Diploma courses.
Upon completion of the one-year PFP, students will progress on to their pre-selected diploma course, subject to passing all modules in the PFP.
The polytechnics will offer about 1,200 PFP places in total, the release wrote, and applications for the PFP will open in January 2017 after the release of the GCE O-Level Examination results.
Secondary 4 N(A) students who intend to apply for the PFP should first progress to Secondary 5 on 3 January 2017.