ITE lecturer retook PSLE, made it to JC, failed to complete A-level but pressed on

He found his footing after embarking on a diploma programme after his National Service.

Belmont Lay | November 26, 2016, 06:28 PM

An Institute of Technical Education lecturer has joined in the chorus of a large number of adults in Singapore who have come out to share how life has been for them given their PSLE scores from years ago.

The lecturer, Alan Chong, who teaches Info-Communications Technology at ITE College East, recounted how he did for his studies given his difficult single-parent family background.

As a testament to both his steadfastness, hard work and the robustness of the education system, his unconventional route started with him flunking his PSLE the first time and having to work hard to get back on track to retake the exam again.

His newfound confidence then allowed him to do well enough in secondary school and get into junior college, only for him to fail to complete his A-level as he mixed with the wrong crowd.

It was only after his National Service stint that the deiced to apply for the Electronics and Computer Engineering diploma programme in Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

Chong was subsequently sponsored for a part-time degree programme at National University of Singapore when he started work.

This is his post featured on Faces of ITE Facebook page:


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