12 Sep '11, 1am

From exam flop to cream of the crop: Local student among small number of poly grads who go on to take PhD

From exam flop to cream of the crop: Local student among small number of poly grads who go on to take PhD

Mr Rashid failed his exams all through primary school, and it was only as his N levels neared that he started studying hard. He later won a place in Nanyang Polytechnic's biotechnology course, and is now researching immunology as a PhD student at NTU. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN By Amelia Tan Student Abdul Rashid Mohammad Muzaki knows all about failure. All through primary school, he flunked his exams. Known for being playful, he would neglect his homework or not pay attention in class. However, as his N-level exams loomed, it finally dawned on him that he would have no future if he did not get his act together. Now, the 27-year-old has turned failure into success after joining the small number of polytechnic graduates who reach what is widely considered to be the pinnacle of higher education - a PhD programme. Universities say it is rare for Normal stream students to...

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