Eager to compare PSLE results, kiasu parents crash KiasuParents.com

Nov 25, 2016 08.31AM |

IT HAPPENS every year. On the day the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) results are released, parents flock to KiasuParents, an online forum, crashing the website.

On the forum, which has more than 125,000 members, parents submit and compare their children’s scores with everyone else’s, hoping to pin down which schools did better. “Every school is a good school”? Yeah, right.

It happened again yesterday (Nov 25), with the website crashing three times due to “capacity problems”, said Madam Soon Lee Yong, 43, a co-founder.

She may be the kiasu-est of them all. Consider her response to her son, after he collected his results yesterday – the teenage boy had scored all As, but only achieved a T-score of 229. She had expected him to score about 250. T-scores, short for transformed scores, are calculated to reflect how well a student does in relation to other students.

He texted her: “Are you angry?”

Her reply: “You can forget about getting your Nintendo DS.”

That was what she had promised to buy him if he scored 250, said TODAY.

Yesterday’s results showed a record 98.4 per cent of students qualifying to move on to secondary school – up from 98.3 per cent last year. About two-thirds can opt for the Express stream; the rest will go to Normal (Academic) and Normal (Technical) courses, said the Ministry of Education.

A total of 38,808 students took the exam. About 1.6 per cent, or 620 students did not qualify for secondary school.

In other news, the Ministry of Trade and Industry gave its report card for the year, shaving this year’s economic growth forecast from 1 per cent to 2 per cent, to its new estimate of 1 per cent to 1.5 per cent. The ministry added, however, that it expected next year’s figures to be slightly better – probably 1 per cent to 3 per cent.

It’s not just the economy that’s looking a little grey. Expect heavy rains and flash floods from next month, with the north-east monsoon coming this way. Between December and January, there are going to be plenty of brief, thundery showers – mostly in the afternoons and in the evenings on some days.

People who live in low-lying areas, watch out for flash floods when heavy rain coincides with high tides. To see a list of flood-prone areas in Singapore, click here.

Speaking of gloomy, a new survey has found that millennial Singaporeans are among the world’s gloomiest youngsters. Around half reported feeling pessimistic about their career prospects, saying that they probably would not be able to find a comparable or better job if they became unemployed.

The survey by the ManpowerGroup, a human resource consultancy, also found that Singapore millennials worked more hours in a week than the Japanese, who are notorious for putting in long hours. On average, Singaporean respondents said they worked 48 hours a week.

This was second only to India, whose young workers topped the list at 50 hours a week.


Featured image from TMG file.

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