“Our Mother Tongue Language (MTL) policy requires all students who are Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Residents to study their respective official MTL: Chinese, Malay and Tamil. A non-Tamil Indian may choose to offer as his/her MTL: (a) Tamil, or (b) a non-Tamil Indian Language such as Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi or Urdu.
Students will offer their respective MTLs at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) and the GCE ‘N’, ‘O’ and ‘A’ level examinations.
Nonetheless, there is flexibility in the application of this policy for students who have been away from Singapore’s school system for some years and who have not kept up with the study of their MTL. Students may apply for exemption from studying their official MTL or to study a non-official language such as French, German or Japanese in lieu of MTL. Applications should be made through the school and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.”
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