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Academic Matters (HMTL and SBB)

Students Who Qualify for Subject Based Banding 

Students who do well for certain subjects at the PSLE may be offered to take the subject at a higher stream. For example, a student in the Normal(Academic) Stream can be offered to take up Mathematics at the Express level.

Students will be notified by Parents Gateway if they qualify for subject based banding with instructions on how to fill in the acceptance form. Students will be required to submit the acceptance form by 24 Dec 2020 5pm. For further queries on Subject Based Banding, please contact the school via email at mohamed_shahrom_mohd_taha@moe.edu.sg

Students Who Qualify for Higher Mother Tongue Language (HMTL) 

Students will be notified by Parents Gateway if they qualify for Higher Mother Tongue (Chinese, Malay, Tamil) with instructions on how to fill in the acceptance form by 24 Dec 2020 5pm. If students are keen to offer Higher Mother Tongue, they may sit for the school-based diagnostic test which will take place in January. For further queries on the offering of Higher Mother Tongue, please contact the school via email at tee_bei_si@moe.edu.sg

Exemption from Mother Tongue 

Students who wish to apply for exemption from mother tongue may call the General Office at 64897851. Alternatively you can direct your queries to Ms Tee Bei Si, Head of Department/Mother Tongue at the following email address tee_bei_si@moe.edu.sg


1.     Who qualifies for Higher MTL?

Students qualify for HMTL if they are within the top 10% in PSLE or Top 11%-30% with A* in MTL or Merit in HMTL.

2.     How to apply for Higher MTL?

For students who qualified for Higher HMTL based on their PSLE results, they would need to accept the HMTL offer.

Sec 1 Exp & NA students with A*/A in PSLE MTL or Merit in HMTL are eligible to sit for school’s HMTL diagnostic test (Compo writing & Comprehension components) in Jan 2021. From there, we will assess their suitability to offer HMTL.

3.     Who qualifies for MTL ‘B’ Syllabus?

Students with PSLE C grade and below qualify to offer MTL ‘B’ from Sec 1. Please note that Sec 1 CLB lessons will be conducted at Compassvale Sec on every Tue afternoon, 3pm to 6pm.

4.     How do I apply for MTL ‘B’ Syllabus?

Do inform your MTL teacher during the first week of MTL lessons and submit the MTLB application form to your MTL teacher by 11 Jan 2021.

5.     What is Subject Based Banding (SBB)?

Please find out more about SBB at this link https://www.moe.gov.sg/microsites/psle-fsbb/full-subject-based-banding/main.html

6.     How would I know if I qualify for HMTL and SBB?

We will inform students who qualified for HMTL or SBB via PG.

7.     Can I change a SBB subject to a lower level at any time if I cannot cope?

It takes time to adjust to the demands of a higher-level subject, so students should allow themselves a full two years before deciding if they wish to continue offering the subject at a higher level in the upper secondary years. Interest in the subject is more important than the marks obtained, so students should not use marks as an indicator of their ability to cope with the subject.

The school would involve the student’s parents and teachers when such a request is made. The student and his/her parents can make the final decision to continue or drop the subject, as long as they are aware of the impact on the student’s post-secondary progression.