Creating many paths and possibilities for students

Enhanced financial support, expansion of Aptitude-Based Admissions among MOE’s five-year transformation plan.

07 Mar 2017

Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung, Parliamentary Secretary for Education A/P Dr Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim and Parliamentary Secretary for Education Low Yen Ling, mapped out the ministry’s five-year transformation plan to create many paths and possibilities for students to discover and to develop their interests.

Financial Support for Students at ITE, Polytechnics and AUs

From Academic Year 2017, government bursaries will be enhanced in the following ways:

- Four bursary tiers will be introduced across all Post-Secondary Education Institutes(PSEIs)

- Besides per capita income, gross monthly household income will also be accessed. Students will only need to meet either of these two income criteria to be eligible for bursaries.

- Income eligibility caps will be updated based on the latest household income data to allow more students to qualify.

- Bursary amounts will be raised to range between $50 and $400 for students across various levels, with larger increases going to the lower income students. This will bring the maximum annual bursary quantum to $4,000 for undergraduates, $2,350 for diploma students, and $1,400 for ITE students.

With the revisions, the projected number of students expected to tap on the government bursaries is estimated to increase by 12,000 to 71,000.

Expanding Aptitude-Based Admissions

The Universities will be implementing aptitude-based admissions for their admission exercises later this year, for up to 15% of their intake.

MOE will increase the quota for Polytechnics Early Admissions Exercise (EAE) from 12.5% to 15%, for the 2018 Admission Year. This will mean over 500 more places included under EAE.

MOE will also introduce an ITE EAE, where ITE can systematically admit up to 15% of its intake via aptitude-based admissions. Like the Polytechnics EAE, ITE EAE will be conducted before the release of N- and O-Level results.

Learning by Doing

A new pathway will be developed for ITE students which will lead to a Technical Diploma that will be conferred by ITE. Students can advance through skills mastery and practice by staying with ITE.

The pathway will be introduced in sectors such as Mechanical & Electrical Services Design & Supervision, Security System Engineering, Rehabilitation Therapy and Offshore & Marine.

‘Learning by doing’ will also be applied to Universities.

SkillsFuture Engage

SkillsFuture Singapore together with PA, CDCs, Workforce Singapore and e2i, will conduct workshops at the community level to explain SkillsFuture to Singaporeans.

The workshops will guide Singaporeans in finding the right training programmes to attend, identify the right skills to learn, and provide advice on how to use their SkillsFuture Credit. The programme will be rolled out in the middle of this year and is expected to reach out to tens of thousands of Singaporeans each year.

A new system called MySkillsFuture will also be made available where Singaporeans can search and apply for jobs online. MySkillsFuture portal will also be used to publish training outcomes for selected courses, to help individuals make better training decisions.


SkillsFuture Singapore will roll out a new national training programme called Future@Work by the end of the year. This new programme will be implemented across the island, and positioned as an entry programme for all Singaporean workers to understand the future work environment.

Stronger partnerships with parents and community

The Malay Language Learning and Promotion Committee (MLLPC) will develop two language apps targeted at the primary and secondary level to support parents in the learning of Malay Language at home.

Expanding opportunities to pursue interests

MOE will work with NAFA and LASALLE on a roadmap to raise the standards of their programmes and to better prepare their students for the workplace. It will include efforts to further enhance teaching quality, strengthen employment outcomes, and ensure financial sustainability. Each institution will move at its own pace to implement the roadmap.

The Committee for Private Education (CPE) will also enhance its regulation of the Private Education Institutions, mandating annual graduate employment surveys and publishing the results to allow students to be more informed and make wise choices.