Generation Grit

Normal tech student who beat the odds to practise law

Mr Jason Chua decided to turn his life around when he was 16, and went from being a Normal (Technical) student who hung out with gangs to a law graduate. Today, the 29-year-old works as a prosecutor with a government agency.
From being in the Normal (Technical) stream, Mr Jason Chua went on to take his O levels as a private candidate, went through the three-year A-level programme at Millennia Institute and scored 3 As in the A-level exams. He graduated with a law degree
From being in the Normal (Technical) stream, Mr Jason Chua went on to take his O levels as a private candidate, went through the three-year A-level programme at Millennia Institute and scored 3 As in the A-level exams. He graduated with a law degree from SMU last year and is now a prosecutor.ST PHOTO: JASMINE CHOONG

It took his mother losing her job for Jason Chua to turn his life around. This is his story in our series on inspiring millennials.

Mr Jason Chua never expected to make it to university. In fact, he never gave much thought to what he would do past secondary school.

At Stamford Primary School, he scored a dismal 151 points in the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), which landed him in the Normal (Technical) stream, for the least academically inclined pupils.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 29, 2019, with the headline 'Normal tech student who beat the odds to practise law'. Print Edition | Subscribe