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Polytechnic foundation scheme a big success

Almost all the 837 students progress to diploma courses

Published on Apr 19, 2014 7:59 AM
Mark Sathyan and Victoria Tan are among those on the scheme who progressed to diploma courses. -- PHOTO: SINGAPORE POLYTECHNIC

The first Polytechnic Foundation Programme - set up to prepare students for polytechnic entrance without having to take O levels - boasted a 99.5 per cent success rate, it was revealed this week.

Almost all the 837 students who enrolled in last year's Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) "have progressed to the first year of their respective diploma courses", the Education Ministry said.

The PFP is open to Normal (Academic) students who have done well in N-level exams and allows them to skip Secondary 5. Instead they take a year-long programme at the polytechnic of their choice - featuring compulsory modules such as English and Maths, and others selected by the polytechnic. It is designed to prepare them for direct entrance to the course they are interested in.

Almost 80 per cent of the 1,277 students offered places on this year's PFP have signed up.

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In secondary school, even if you didn't do your homework, your teachers would still be there to push you. But in polytechnic, it is about self-directed learning... And this one year in the foundation course has prepped me to switch to this thinking.

- Singapore Polytechnic student Mark Sathyan (photo), 19, who found the programme useful as it helped him to cope with the transition from secondary school to a polytechnic