What do you do if your child doesn’t do as well as expected for PSLE?

PSLE results were out on Friday, 24 November, finally ending the nervous anticipation of this year’s Primary 6 cohort. After all, they’ve spent six years preparing for this watershed exam – and their T-score is the fruit of their labours.

Whether or not it’s fair to base six years of education on the results of a single exam is a debate for another time. However, a child’s PSLE T-score directly affects what secondary school they are eligible for, which is where they will be spending their next four to five years. The impact is undeniable, but what happens if your child doesn’t do as well as expected?

What if your child’s T-score doesn’t allow them to qualify for the secondary school of their dreams? MOE’s proclamation of “Every School A Good School” may ring hollow when a child can’t get into the school that they want. In an ideal situation where every school is equally desirable, the cut-off point for entry will be identical for all the schools...

Most of the time, the previous year’s cut-off points serve as an indicator of whether a child would be able to enter the secondary school based on their T-score this year.

It’s a harsh but undeniable reality that some students may not have done as well as expected. So here’s what you can do as a parent to help your child when this happens

1. Reassure your child

Reassure your child that you love them, and not blame them for their results. Some parents may resort to caning and physical punishment if their child doesn’t do well, but the finality of the PSLE results is much higher than that of their previous primary school exams.

Your child already feels bad for not doing as well as expected, so don’t make them feel any worse.