Encouraging response to new poly admission scheme

Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung speaking to the media at Ngee Ann Polytechnic on Jan 13, 2016.
Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung speaking to the media at Ngee Ann Polytechnic on Jan 13, 2016. PHOTO: ST FILE

A new scheme that allows students to get a place in a polytechnic on the merits of their talents or interests instead of academic results has met with an encouraging response.

Some 3,680 students have received conditional offers for a place in a polytechnic course even before they take their O levels next month, under the Early Admissions Exercise introduced this year.

Announcing the figures in a Facebook posting, Acting Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung said he was encouraged to see the large number of applicants and offers.

Around 8,000 students applied for the scheme, with 46 per cent of the applicants receiving conditional offers, he added. More than 92 per cent have accepted the offers.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2016, with the headline 'Encouraging response to new poly admission scheme'. Print Edition | Subscribe