Bishan-Ang Mo Kio area to get new JC in 2017

The site for the new JC at the junction of Sin Ming Avenue and Marymount Road.
The site for the new JC at the junction of Sin Ming Avenue and Marymount Road.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

A new junior college that will open in 2017 for students from three Integrated Programme (IP) schools will likely be built on the site of the Asian Golf Academy near Bishan.

A statement on the Ministry of Education (MOE) website says the new campus will be at the junction of Sin Ming Avenue and Marymount Road, where the driving range is located.

The area is also zoned for an educational institution, according to the Urban Redevelopment Authority's Draft Master Plan 2013.

Singapore's 20th school to offer a JC programme will take in IP students from Catholic High School, CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School and the Singapore Chinese Girls' School. It will also admit more than 100 students from other secondary schools who have completed their O levels.

It will be the newest JC since Innova JC in Woodlands was completed in 2005.

Students will spend their first four years in their respective schools, before continuing their last two years at the new JC, which is yet to be named.

It will first operate its interim campus at the current Institute of Technical Education College Central (Bishan campus).

It will then move to its new campus at Sin Ming Avenue upon completion, says the MOE website. It is expected to be completed by 2018

The new JC will provide another option for those living in the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio area, in addition to Raffles Institution and Anderson JC.

LEE JIAN XUAN