$7 billion boost for polytechnic education
Polytechnic education will get a 7 billion dollar boost from the Government over the next 5 years.
Senior Minister of State for Education S Iswaran told parliament today about 1 billion dollars will be used to increase the capacity of polytechnics by 20 per cent.
Campuses will be rejuvenated with state-of-the-art facilities, like laboratories and kitchens, which will ensure students are exposed to authentic industry-standard working environments.
The polytechnics will also continue to offer new courses such as Animation and 3-D Arts, and Digital Forensics.
Speaking during his Ministry's Committee Of Supply debate, Mr Iswaran said a similar transformation is underway at ITE.
Over the next five years, MOE will spend 2 billion dollars on ITE.
"It is an important investment that yields, and will continue to yield, productive outcomes for our ITE graduates. Almost 90% of ITE students are employed within 6 months of graduation. 90% of employers who employ ITE graduates affirm that they possess not just the requisite skills but also good work attitudes. Today, a fifth of ITE students move on to Polytechnics to further their education. We will take steps over the next few years to increase that proportion to one quarter."
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