24 May '11, 8am

Taking longer route to the top via ITE and poly

WHEN Diana Cheong received 33 points for her O levels, she realised she could not make it to a junior college or a polytechnic. She decided to take the longer route via the Institute of Technical Education and on Tuesday, the 23-year-old Ngee Ann Polytechnic graduand was among the top students at the polytechnic's graduation ceremony. She has also received an offer from the National University of Singapore to pursue an accountancy degree. The guest of honour at the event was Mr Heng Swee Keat, the new Minister for Education attending his first public event as minister. Speaking to an audience of some 320 students and their parents and teachers, Mr Heng noted that the polytechnic system has come a long way. He said the percentage of Primary 1 cohort admitted to polytechnics in 1980 was about 5 per cent, and has grown to 42 per cent today. Going forward, he said there were t...

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