How did you help Desmond in deciding on the course to pursue?
I went through the information that Desmond had gathered regarding various courses offered by the polytechnics and we sat down to discuss. I asked him questions to ensure that he was fully aware of the course details and what is required of him to complete the course. I asked why he was interested in the field of biomedical sciences and also what the possible career opportunities are after obtaining this diploma. I did this because we need our children to own their future and make decisions about what they want to be.
Why did Desmond choose to apply to polytechnic through the Early Admissions Exercise (EAE)?
Desmond wanted to pursue a biomedical science diploma but we were not confident he could qualify for entry. When we heard that the EAE offers students an opportunity to secure a spot in their dream course before sitting for the O-Level examination based on interest and aptitude, we thought he should give it a try.
What do you think are the benefits of applying through the EAE route?
In Desmond’s case, it gave him a chance to pursue his dream course. I could also see Desmond was motivated to do well when he asked for chemistry tuition to improve his grades and ensure he could get into the course.
What is your advice to other parents who want the best for their children, particularly before EAE?
Demonstrate interest in your child’s studies and CCA. It is not only about grades but to help them find out more about themselves, their strengths, interests and aspirations.