Polys popular with working adults, including uni grads

Students at the TP-HRG Robotics Innovation Centre at Temasek Polytechnic. Working adults heading to polys to upgrade their skills say they suit them better as the courses are more work-focused and shorter.
Students at the TP-HRG Robotics Innovation Centre at Temasek Polytechnic. Working adults heading to polys to upgrade their skills say they suit them better as the courses are more work-focused and shorter. PHOTO: TEMASEK POLYTECHNIC
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More adults, including degree holders, are enrolling in the five polytechnics here, a pathway popular with N-level and O-level holders as well as Institute of Technical Education (ITE) students.

Figures provided by the Ministry of Education to The Straits Times show that in 2019, 5,900 adults, including diploma, degree, master's and PhD holders, had enrolled in the polytechnics to take up specialised and advanced diplomas.

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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 Polys popular with working adults, including uni grads. Subscribe