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.
By 2019, 30 per cent of poly graduates made it to one of the six local universities.ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

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'. Print Edition | Subscribe