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More JC students switch to polytechnics

date:Jul 16,2013 source:意腾留学网 editorial staff:linan clicks:

They are willing to give up ‘safe’  route to varsity to  pursue interests.
 
GROWING numbers of junior college students are giving up the conventional route to university so they can sign up for their dream course at a polytechnic.
More JC students switch to polytechnics
Temasek Polytechnic student Dwayne Cheong transferred to the culinary and catering management course
there after finishing his first year at Meridian JC. He found the poly course a better fit for him. ST PHOTO: LIM SIN THAI
 
About 400 to 500 a year make he switch midway through their rogrammes, with many keen to pursue their interest in a particular discipline such as culinary arts, filming or biotechnology.But first, they have to contend with their parents, who often see junior colleges – or JCs – as a safer route to a university place and a professional career.“My parents were worried, of course,” said 18-year-old Ngee Ann Polytechnic film student Jeshua Soh, who moved from the prestigious Integrated Programme (IP) at Hwa Chong Institution.“The JC or IP school route is seen to be an easier route to universityb and graduate-level jobs.” Most students who make the switch do so after completing their first year, while the rest take the leap in their second.
Zhang Keyan (orange T-shirt) spent a year at Meridian JC before applying to
Zhang Keyan (orange T-shirt) spent a year at Meridian JC before applying to
pursue a social work diploma at Nanyang Polytechnic. He is shown here
volunteering at a South East CDC youth event. PHOTO: COURTESY OF ZHANG KEYAN
 
Polytechnic officials say many youngsters transfer after struggling with their studies in junior college. However, they say growing numbers are doing so because of their passion for a particular subsubject n which they can pursue a ore hands-on course.On the flip side, the numbers going the other way are tiny. The Education Ministry, which revealed the transfer figures, said only 40 to 50 polytechnic students move to the junior colleges each year.This is despite the fact that doing so would improve their chances of getting a degree. Seventeen
per cent of youngsters at polytechnics go on to the local universities, the ministry’s statistics show. For their junior college equivalents, the rate is over 70 per cent.
 
Many more polytechnic graduates will have access to local universities in the coming years due to plans to expand the number of places.But progression to university does not seem to worry the JC students who have switched over. Zhang Keyan spent a year at Meridian Junior College before applyingto study for a diploma in social work at Nanyang Polytechnic.“Since secondary school, I have been involved in community work, but when I went to JC, my studies took up a lot of my time and I did not have as much time for voluntary work.
 
“So when I finished my Year 1 exams, I dropped out, took a temporary job and applied to do a socialwork diploma course. Now, I love going for my lessons. It was the best decision I made.”The 19-year-old, who does volunteer work with several community organisations, is in his second year and has a perfect gradepoint average of 4. Dwayne Cheong, 18, is another student who has found a better fit at a polytechnic.He transferred to the culinary and catering management courseat Temasek Polytechnic after finishing his JC1 at Meridian Junior College.His ambition to become a chef was sparked after he watched celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on television.Although he was doing well enough in his studies, he felt it was not the right fit.“I kept asking myself what I am doing in a JC when all I wanted to do was to become a chef.” Dwayne said he is glad the ministry allows students to switch from polytechnic to junior college and vice versa.
 
“Sometimes it takes a while for young people to figure out what they are good at and what theywant to do with their lives.”Republic Polytechnic principal Yeo Li Pheow said he was not surprisedthose who transferred got good results.“If a student finds something that he or she is really interested in, then the As and Bs will follow.”

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