Half of O-level holders taking poly route

52% of candidates in Joint Admissions Exercise last year were posted to polytechnics

By 2019, 30 per cent of poly graduates made it to one of the six local universities. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG
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With a better understanding of their study and career aspirations and encouraged by the increasing number of polytechnic graduates making it to the local universities, more O-level school leavers are taking the polytechnic route.

The Ministry of Education (MOE) said that of the 20,300 candidates posted to a post-secondary educational institution last year via the Joint Admissions Exercise, 52 per cent were posted to the five polytechnics here. This is a record in recent years.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 11, 2021, with the headline Half of O-level holders taking poly route. Subscribe