Updated: 05/30/2014 02:38

3.5% of students exempted from MTL at PSLE

3.5% of students exempted from MTL at PSLE

Some 3.5 per cent of students are exempted from taking the Mother Tongue Language at the Primary School Leaving Examination each year. 

This figure has remained stable since 2010. 

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat cited this figure in a written response to a parliamentary question filed by Workers' Party's Yee Jenn Jong. 

He says students are granted exemption from their Mother Tongue Language under exceptional circumstances. 

For example, they could have joined or re-joined the school system midway without prior knowledge of their Mother Tongue. 

Or they could have a certified medical condition which affects their ability to cope with the mother tongue language. 

These include dyslexia, autism spectrum disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

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