Enquiry to MOE on why certain polytechnic courses are not open to ITE students
Posted by temasektimes on June 1, 2012
Enquiry to MOE:
I have a question/suggestion that I would like to make regarding why some of the courses in polytechnic are not eligible for ITE students. It seems that ITE students are only allow taking those courses prior to what they have studied back in their ITE.
We could have given a chance to enroll a different course but all the courses are only eligible for O level holders. Since that O level holders have just graduated from their secondary schools, they will also be totally new/fresh with diploma education; they have no knowledge about IT, engineering, psychology and etc as compare to ITE education system.
Why are all courses not open for enrollment to ITE students, when their good grades are eligible for them to enroll into respective polytechnic? How can we be fair to the ITE students? Perhaps, MOE could allow ITE students to switch to a completely different course within their interest whereby they have finished their Higher Nitec and not just post a constraint to choose courses prior to what they have studied back in ITE . I appreciate your time spent to read my point of views and suggestion.
TAN KAH KIAT
Replied from MOE:
2. A NITEC or Higher NITEC qualification is higher and more specialised than an O’level qualification. Hence, applicants seeking a polytechnic education who do not meet the Minimum Entry Requirements (MER) for admission into a polytechnic course may first obtain a Higher NITEC or NITEC from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE), if they meet the MER for the latter. Upon obtaining a Higher NITEC or NITEC, eligibility to be considered for admission into a polytechnic course would depend on the relevance of the ITE qualification to the course, and subject to the applicants meeting the minimum Grade Point Average entry requirement. This helps to ensure that applicants have the sufficient foundation to cope with the rigour of the polytechnic course.
3. Similarly, not all O’ level applicants are eligible to be considered for all polytechnic courses. The courses applicants are eligible to be considered for would depend on the subjects for which they sat for the O’levels. Applicants who wish to gain admission into any polytechnic course must also meet the MER for the course. The MER for O’level applicants include their ELR2B2 scores, that is, the minimum grades for English, two relevant subjects for the course applied for, and best two other subjects excluding CCA. This also ensures that applicants have sufficient academic foundation to cope with the rigour of the course.
4. Nevertheless, we note your feedback and suggestion.