Polytechnics to undergo major upgrade over next two years
More classrooms, labs, recreation facilities will be built to keep up with rising enrolment
About $1 billion will be spent on extra classrooms, laboratories and other facilities at Singapore's five polytechnics, to cope with the rising number of students going the polytechnic route.
Over the next two years, the five will also make the social side of poly life more fun, adding cafes and sports and recreation facilities.
Polytechnics are now a big draw, with enrolment rising from 24,800 in 2008 to 26,800 last year.
With the Government expanding the number of university places, and the calibre of poly students improving, more polytechnic graduates are entering local universities. More now see the poly as a viable route to university, aside from junior college.
Polytechnic student enrolment has risen from 24,800 in 2008 to 26,800 last year.
About 43 per cent of each Primary 1 cohort go on to attend a polytechnic. The Education Ministry expects this to increase to 45 per cent by 2015.