Subject Based Banding (SBB) and Mother Tongue Languages/ Foreign Language
Subject Based Banding (SBB)
Subject Based Banding (SBB) provides greater flexibility in offering subjects at lower secondary levels, to better cater to the strengths of students in different subjects and to give them a stronger foundation in subjects they are good at.
Secondary 1 Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) students can take English, Mathematics, Science and Mother Tongue Languages at a higher level if they meet the PSLE eligibility criteria at the start of the year.
Students in the Normal (Academic) course who are offered Subject-Based Banding (scored an A* or A for any subject), students and parents will need to attend a short briefing on Monday, 23 December 2019 at 9.00 am at the JOULES Centre.
Q: Do students have the option not to offer a subject at a higher level, even if they meet the criteria?
A: Students have a choice not to accept the offer.
Q: What is the eligibility criteria?
PSLE Eligibility Criteria for offering Higher Level Subjects:
|Course||PSLE Standard Grade||PSLE Foundation Grade||Option to offer subject at|
|Normal (Academic)||A*, A||–||Express|
Each student should take no more than 3 subjects at higher level so as to ensure that he/she can cope with the overall academic workload.
Q: Will my child/ward continue to take higher level subjects at Secondary 2?
A: Sec 1 SBB students will continue with their higher level subjects in Sec 2 unless otherwise advised by the School Leaders and teachers based on your child’s academic performance in the SBB subject as well as his/her overall academic performance.
Q: If students did not qualify for other higher level subjects based on their PSLE results, do they still have a chance to take up those higher-level subjects in Secondary 1 or 2?
A: Beyond the start of Sec 1, non-SBB students who perform well at the Sec 1 School Based Assessment in Semester 1 or End-of-Year Examinations may be offered English, Mathematics, Science and Mother Tongue Languages at a higher level.
Q: Will there be bridging classes for students who take a subject at a higher level?
A: Self-study resources and bridging lessons will be provided during vacation and after school hours. The school will monitor students’ progress in the SBB subject(s) as well as overall progress in all subjects.
Q: Will my child be sitting for both the N-Level and O-Level Examinations in Secondary Four?
A: As your child has prepared for the higher level subject, the school will register your child for the higher level Examination (O-Level) for the SBB Subject.
Mother Tongue Languages/ Foreign Language
Q: If I have been totally exempted from Mother Tongue Language (MTL) in primary school, do I have to re-apply?
A: No, you do not need to re-apply.
Q: If I have approval in primary school to offer non-MTL or NTIL (Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu), do I have to re-apply?
A: No, you do not need to re-apply.
Q: If I have approval in primary school to offer an approved foreign language (French, German, Japanese, Arabic, Burmese or Thai) in-lieu of Mother Tongue, do I have re-apply?
A: Yes, you will need to re-apply. Please obtain an application form (Form 5-FL) from the General Office.
Q: How do I apply to study Higher Mother Tongue?
A: There is no application required. Students eligible to study Higher Mother Tongue will receive offer letter from MOE HQ or from our school.
Q: How do I apply to study Mother Tongue B Syllabus?
A: Mother Tongue B Syllabus is an option for students in the Express and Normal (Academic) stream who scored C and below for Mother Tongue or took FMT for PSLE. Please contact HOD MTL and SH ML/TL for more information.