07 May 2019
Students will find it easier to gain admission to Singapore’s polytechnics, and polytechnic graduates may also have more options after graduation.
For instance, the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) for polytechnics will be expanded this year to include working adults. In processing the applications for working adults, polytechnics will evaluate their current and relevant work experience, putting less emphasis on academic results attained at a young age.
The Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) is also increasing enrolment to take in the top 15 per cent of the cohort, up from 10 per cent.
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung also said that the post-secondary school posting system will be reviewed and streamlined with a view to streamlining admissions and injecting more flexibility, recognising all-rounders as well as students with specific talents and strengths.
From 2020, NUS and Nanyang Technological University will also drop the current 20 per cent weighting given to O-level results for polytechnic graduate applicants.