29 Sep

Parents naturally want the best education for their children. The Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results have heightened the anxiety levels of parents of children soon to be in secondary school. Parents want to enroll their children in the best school available, and this is even more so the case in Singapore. What’s the big deal, though, about choosing a good secondary school?

The PSLE is an exam given to students around Singapore by the Ministry of Education (MOE). It is a mandatory test all students take towards the end of their sixth year in primary school. This is the last year before secondary school. Students don’t have the benefit of choosing which secondary school they’ll attend; their scores on the PSLE determines that for them. While the future of the PSLE is uncertain as the government is considering doing away with the test, it is still here for the time being. That being said, here are some tips to selecting a good secondary school for your child from kiasuparents.com.

1.) Look for a School Near You.
A school that is accessible to both your home and you and your spouse’s workplaces is ideal. Without too much travel time, you and your child will have more time for work and play.

2.) Visit In-Person.
If the schools you’re considering offer an open house, attend it if you can. Have your child accompany you to see how he or she feels about the school. If an open house is not available, contact the school to arrange a visit. If you can, talk to some students at the school to get their opinions. Talk to the teachers to see what they are like. If you go on a visit outside of open house, the advantage is that you can see how the school operates on a daily basis, and you can ask all the questions you want since staff members aren’t trying to answer several parents’ questions at one time.

3.) Looking for Co-Curricular Activities (CCA)
Make sure the school you choose has CCA that are of interest to your child. Schools have different CCA programmes, and they may favor arts over athletics, for example. So if your son is not into sport that much, a school with a strong art CCA programme may be more his style.

Talk to you child to make sure you incorporate his or her desires and interests into your final decision for a secondary school. Check out the MOE’s downloadable booklet about secondary education if you have questions.