The Ministry of Education is introducing more changes to the university admission scoring system, which will enter into force by 2020.
The changes will see that the National University of Singapore and the Nanyang Technology University drop 20 percent of weight to the results of level O for polytechnical graduate applicants.
Polytechnic graduates will be evaluated mainly from their polytechnical grade point average, which the Ministry says offers a better and more current reflection of the knowledge and skills they have gained during their polytechnic education.
Here you have to know about the changes:
1. Why MOE modifies the polytechnic UAS computation?
The profile of polytechnic upgraders has become more diverse with the expansion of multiple paths in our educational system. Today, about a quarter of all students enroll in Polytechnics without grade level qualifications. For example, the Polytechnic Foundation Program (PFP) allows students to progress to polytechnics with their N level qualifications. A number of ITE graduates, Including the students of the Program of Direct Entry System to the Polytechnic Program (DPP), they also have the option of continuing a diploma without having done O-Levels.
In addition, significantly more polytechnic students have articulated in the UA over the years, and the UA have developed aptitude-based admission practices to evaluate polytechnic students in a more holistic way in addition to academic qualifications. For example, the autonomous universities nowadays guarantee the relevance of the polytechnic diplomas of the applicants and the specific courses / modules they have had in the matter of polytechnics, to evaluate the subject competences and the adaptation for the university courses that they have requested. Consequently, there is no longer any need to use the O-level qualifications of hardcode applicants within the framework of the UAS. With the simplification of the UAS calculation, polytechnic evaluators would be evaluated according to their latest qualification. This would better recognize late flowering and those that bloom under the applied learning path or after discovering their interest when they are older.
2. Does it mean that the results in O-Level will no longer be relevant to the university application?
As students who take level A today, polytechnic students may continue to send their results to O as additional information to support their applications if they wish.
In addition, the UA may continue to impose prerequisites for each subject or refer to Levels O and Polytechnic level of subject or module, to determine the suitability of the candidates for the course that they are requesting. For example, polytechnic students who wish to opt for computer science courses at NUS need at least one B3 degree in Additional Mathematics O-Level. Other forms of assessment, such as interviews and aptitude tests, can be made, when relevant, including for students without O level qualifications.
3. How will NUS and NTU evaluate their candidates once the polytechnic UAS has been simplified?
Polytechnic graduates will be assessed according to their polytechnic GPA. In addition, NUS and NTU can also consider other forms of evaluation, such as interviews or aptitude tests, when appropriate. For example, NTU requires that candidates for their Arts, Design and media programs send out a work portfolio. NUS and NTU will post more information on the application process for polytechnic graduates at the time.