From ITE to NUS medicine: Ex-dropout makes the grade

23-year-old, who had quit secondary school, is first ITE grad to be accepted by med school

Mr Nicholas Chan frequently played truant when he was a student at Bishan Park Secondary School and eventually quit studies there.
Mr Nicholas Chan frequently played truant when he was a student at Bishan Park Secondary School and eventually quit studies there.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

The long shot has come good.

Mr Nicholas Chan, 23, is the first Institute of Technical Education (ITE) graduate to make it to the National University of Singapore's Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, which this year had about 280 places for some 2,000 applicants.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 18, 2019, with the headline 'From ITE to NUS medicine: Ex-dropout makes the grade'. Print Edition | Subscribe