ITE and its students on the up and up

It is heartening to read that more Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students are completing their courses ("ITE rate of success on the uptrend"; Monday).

I applaud the good news as more students further their studies at the ITE after completing their secondary school education.

Several decades ago, many parents and students viewed the ITE in a negative light.

Some even quipped that the ITE was an abbreviation for "It's the end", given that the vocational institute mainly took in students who were school dropouts and post-secondary school students who were not able to gain entrance to polytechnics and junior colleges.

However, the ITE has, in recent years, not only transformed physically, but its overall image has also improved tremendously.

In the past few years, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has held his annual National Day Rally at the ITE College Central in Ang Mo Kio.

This has signalled the Government's strong support and endorsement of the institute.

The Government has also been investing heavily in the ITE and its various colleges across the island.

There are various courses available at the ITE now, including health sciences, digital animation, hospitality operations and early childhood education.

ITE graduates also have good opportunities to further their studies and their careers.

I have many friends and relatives who are ITE graduates, and most of them are doing well in their respective careers.

I hope that the Government will continue to support the ITE and its students, especially working adults who are looking to enrol in short courses at the institute.

Muhammad Dzul Azhan Haji Sahban

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 02, 2015, with the headline 'ITE and its students on the up and up'. Print Edition | Subscribe