Level playing field for all

Secondary schools have been told not to accept transfer pupils whose Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) scores are lower than the cut-off points during the transfer season.

This is reportedly under the Ministry of Education's (MOE) new directive to schools last November, The Straits Times reported.

In the past, schools with vacancies after the Secondary 1 posting exercise could accept pupils with lower scores who appeal.

An MOE spokesman explained that students are posted to schools based on "objective and transparent measures of academic merit" and appeals afterwards "should be aligned to these same principles, to be fair to the other students".