cassis_rose wrote:I’m currently studying in a polytechnic, year 1. After the “O” levels, one can choose between a Junior College or Polytechnic. Typically, students with “good” grades go to JCs but these few years, the trend is changing. Even students with quite good grades choose polytechnics, like me. In the past, going to JC means that most students will have a chance to go University. However nowadays, more and more poly students are qualifying for Universities too.
The schooling system in Singapore is very different from that in most countries. Most go to secondary schools at the age of 13 and finished at 16 or 17 depending on what course (Express, NA or NT) you take. Before secondary school, you must finish 6 years of studies in primary school. Students all wear uniforms.
Like BreathelessVampire, schools in Singapore have lots of rules, especially government schools. Autonomous secondary schools have more freedom in their curriculum and rules.
No hand phones, no jewellery, no this, no that. Long hair must be tied up for girls and guys can’t have long hair at all and must have a slope at the back and for both genders, fringes can’t touch eyebrows.
In my sec school, sometimes teachers conduct hair checks, students with inappropriate hairstyles will have their hair cut either on the spot or given a one day chance. There’s one thing I really hate about my sec school, we held our daily assembly in the parade square in the morning. Sometimes, when it rains in the early morning, we still have to sit on the wet ground. How disgusting is that?? There will be a large stain on our dark green skirts... I mean can’t they hold the assembly in the hall or let us go back to classrooms? Only if it’s raining heavily will we cancel our assembly.
Also, we do not have showers after PE lessons. Furthermore, we must change back to our uniforms after recess. We will all be sticky and sweaty and there's simply not enough time to change. Most students just wear their uniforms over the PE attire after recess.
We have Prom night at the end of our sec school year, after "O" levels. Ballrooms at hotels will be booked by most sec schools during the month of November. There's no dancing or partying at my Prom. It's just sitting down, having a meal with friends and lots of photo-taking.
Anyway, I missed my secondary school very much.
Life at Poly is so much different from secondary school, not neccessary a good thing.
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