Private school route tougher but it gets them there

(From left) Lynn Hong, Sharmila Khan and Goh Keng Chwee, who graduated with degrees from private universities.
(From left) Lynn Hong, Sharmila Khan and Goh Keng Chwee, who graduated with degrees from private universities. PHOTOS: LEE JIA WEN, SINGAPORE INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, NG SOR LUAN

When Ms Alicia Lum, 23, tells people she went from Victoria Junior College to the Singapore Institute of Management, many are surprised.

She could have gone to one of the local universities if she had applied for a less competitive course, but she was set on studying international politics.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on April 15, 2018, with the headline 'Private school route tougher but it gets them there'. Print Edition | Subscribe