Parliamentary Question

Train disruption arrangements for PSLE candidates

7 Nov 2016

Dr Lim Wee Kiak, Sembawang GRC

To ask the Acting Minister for Education (Schools) in light of PSLE students who are affected by train breakdowns (a) whether the Ministry will moderate their exam results to take into account the anxiety faced by them which may impact their performance; (b) how many students have been affected by the recent train disruptions; and (c) what contingency plans are there to help these students cope with their anxiety of turning up late for exams.


  1. There were no PSLE candidates late for their Science paper in the recent train service disruption on the Downtown Line on 4 October 2016.

  2. That said, the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board (SEAB) has contingency plans to deal with events that may disrupt the conduct of the National Examinations. This is to ensure that examination candidates are not disadvantaged due to major train service disruption.

  3. Candidates have been briefed by schools on the contingency plans to manage major train service disruption during national examinations.

  4. Examination personnel have also been briefed on the procedures to manage the candidates who are late for the examinations due to a major train service disruption. Candidates are allowed time to rest and calm down. The papers would be administered thereafter, with full paper duration given.

  5. There are also existing processes in place to ensure candidates who are affected by adverse situations are fairly assessed. SEAB will review the performance of these candidates on a case-by-case basis, taking into account the circumstances under which they took the examination, their past years’ performance in school examinations and the  recommendations by their schools.