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Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Matters

Eligibility for Higher Chinese/Higher Malay/Higher Tamil


In addition to the top 10% of students who took the PSLE, those in the 11-30% band with an A* in Chinese/Malay/Tamil or at least a merit in Higher Chinese/Higher Malay/Higher Tamil are also eligible to study Higher Chinese/Higher Malay/Higher Tamil at secondary school level.

Eligible students will receive the eligibility Form A via PG / email. This form has to be submitted to school by 28 December 2020.

There are the designated centres nearest to Junyuan Secondary.

2021 Higher Mother Tongue Centres nearest to Junyuan Secondary

Tamil Language Centre

Pasir Ris Crest Secondary School

HML Centre  

Tanjong Katong Secondary School* 

HCL Centre  

Ngee Ann Secondary School

* From 2021, Temasek Secondary will continue as a venue for HML classes for ONLY current students (those in Sec 2 -4 in 2021). New Sec 1 students will enrol into Tanjong Katong Secondary from 2021.

Application to be exempted from taking MTL

MTL exemption may only be considered if the student:

(a) has been away from Singapore school system for some years or joins our school system mid-stream without prior learning of our official MTL or MTL-in-lieu

(b) has certified Special Educational Needs (SEN) and shows severe difficulty in coping with his overall learning

Students who are already exempted from taking MTL at primary school level will continue the exemption. There is no need to re-apply the exemption at Sec One. Students will remain in class to do self-study during MT lessons.

Taking Asian/Foreign Language as MTL-in-lieu (not as Third Language)

For students taking Asian/Foreign languages in lieu of MTL at primary school, he / she has to continue taking Asian/Foreign languages at Sec One. There is no need to submit a re-application for Sec One students who have obtained approval at the primary school level to offer Asian/Foreign Language. Students are required to continue to learn the language privately. Lessons will be conducted once weekly (from Monday to Friday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m) at MOELC.