ST Oct 3, 2006
Poly courses at over 40 schools
MORE than 40 secondary schools will offer courses designed and taught by the five polytechnics to their students, some starting this month.
These 37 courses, for which separate fees are payable, range from design communication to microbiology and financial planning to electronic circuits.
Education Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam first announced this initiative during the Budget debate in March.
He said then that the aim of these courses was not just to expose students to applied subjects or gear them up for polytechnic studies.
These classes, called advanced elective modules, are aimed at developing inventive minds that are 'able to look for problems, invent solutions and make them happen', he said.
This is why even Integrated Programme schools like Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) and Raffles Institution are offering them.
Upper secondary students will take about 40 hours to complete each course, which can be run during school holidays or term time.
Classes will have 20 to 25 students and fees will be capped at $55 per student.
The grades that the students earn from these courses can be used to get advanced standing in some polytechnic courses, and may be considered by polytechnics during admission exercises.
Tanglin Secondary in West Coast Road, where about 60 per cent of students move on to the polytechnics, is offering tourism management and electronic-product design.
Secondary 2 student Nurul Adziemah Tawfiq Kamil, among the 100 students there eyeing the courses, said: 'It's a stepping stone towards my goal of becoming a business consultant in the tourism industry.'
Further product differentiation at the secondary school level. Not sure what to make of it. In principle, I guess it's a good idea to widen subject options so that everyone has a higher chance of studying subjects for which they they have a genuine interest. In practice, this may turn into another mad rush to score grades, because of this:
"The grades that the students earn from these courses can be used to get advanced standing in some polytechnic courses, and may be considered by polytechnics during admission exercises."
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