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40% of poly students qualified for junior college

Diverse range of courses, practical learning drawing top O-level scorers

Published on Jan 17, 2014 8:21 AM

The polytechnics are proving to be a draw for top O-level students, with their diverse offerings of more than 200 courses, ranging from marine science to film-making.

Of the 34,800 students who were posted to post-secondary institutions last year after the release of the O-level results, close to 59 per cent - or 20,500 - were offered places in the polytechnics.

But what was significant was that 8,000 - or close to 40 per cent of the students who secured a place in the polytechnics - had qualified for junior college, which requires better results for entry.

The figure was similar to that of previous years, said the Ministry of Education, which released the numbers in response to queries from The Straits Times.

Potential polytechnic students at a course counselling session. Students who received their O-level results on Monday have until 4pm today to apply to a post-secondary institution. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN
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Background story

59% of 34,800 students posted to post-secondary institutions last year were offered places in polytechnics

33% or 11,500 were posted to junior colleges or Millennia Institute

8,000 students who secured a place in polytechnics had qualified for junior college, which requires better results for entry


They prefer and thrive in our polytechnic system where we emphasise continual learning and assessments, group projects, internships and attachments throughout the six semesters over three years, instead of a high-stakes graduation exam.

- Singapore Polytechnic principal Tan Choon Shian, on why students opt for the polytechnics