Students in quarantine or approved absence from Covid-19 can still take national exams: MOE, Singapore News & Top Stories


SINGAPORE – Students in quarantine are allowed to take their national exams this year if they wish, subject to strict criteria, the Ministry of Education (MOE) and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) said in a statement. press release Sunday, September 26.

They must test negative for Covid-19 with a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test at the start of the quarantine order, and perform a self-swab with rapid antigen test (ART) kits at home and a negative test within 24 hours before each exam paper.

Travel to their place of examination must be made by private transport or on foot, without stopping between their place of residence and the place of examination. Schools should be informed that they are taking the particular paper so that the venue for the exam can be prepared.

Other measures include:

  • Rooms used for quarantined candidates will be separated from the rest of the cohort and will be thoroughly cleaned after exams.
  • Students will be seated 3m apart in exam style seats and have designated entry and exit points and washrooms.
  • They will start exams 30 minutes after the scheduled start time for the rest of the cohort.

These measures will ensure the safety of candidates and supervisors, the education ministry said.

The provisions are different from last year’s restrictions, which did not allow quarantined candidates to take exams.

The changes apply to the primary school leaving exam as well as to the N, O and A level exams.

Those who test positive for Covid-19 or stay home are still not allowed to take exams this year.

While a quarantined PSLE ​​candidate must be accompanied to the exam location, a family member or accompanying caregiver, if also in quarantine, is subject to the same restrictions as the student.

Persons on absence approved due to mandatory tests by the Ministry of Health or subject to a health risk warning are also allowed to take the exams if the PCR test at the start of the absence was negative. and that their regular ART self-swabs are negative.

People on leave are also allowed if supervised ART tests, performed at regular intervals, are negative.

How the notes will be derived

The MOE and SEAB have said that, as in previous years, applicants who fail national exams for valid reasons such as Covid-19 may request special consideration.

They will be assigned projected grades that take into account multiple data sources, such as the candidate’s performance in other articles for that subject and the performance of the school cohort, on national and school exams.

If the student misses all of the subject’s examination components, such as the PSLE ​​math test, the SEAB will consider the student’s preliminary examination results for the subject to determine their relative rank among the subject. the peers of his school cohort.

This position will then be used to derive its projected mark from the performance of the school cohort in PSE, as a function of the mark corresponding to this relative rank. The score will then be used to calculate the final score.

If a candidate misses one or more tests of a subject, the SEAB will examine the pupil’s performance in the tests he has taken to derive an expected result for the subject, and will also take into account the performance of the pupil in the preliminary exams of the school.

The MOE said it would provide details on the requirements and the application process at a later date.

See arrangements for affected applicants here.

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