Special Assistance Plan (SAP) Schools
The Special Assistance Plan (SAP) Schools are government, government-aided or Independent Schools. These schools were well-established Chinese-medium schools in the past. They offer the Special Course to the top 10% PSLE pupils. This is to enable the pupils to be effectively bilingual in both English and Chinese and also inculcate in them traditional values in a Chinese school environment.
SAP schools have the flexibility to allow pupils who do not meet the criteria of either A* in Chinese or Merit in Higher Chinese, to offer Higher Chinese. This is if they are assessed to have exceptional ability in Chinese and are able to do Higher Chinese without affecting their performance in other subjects.