The DSA launched a program this year which help many students secure a slot for their secondary school year. Schools all over the country were given the chance by the Ministry of Education to increase intake with said scheme. Teachers and educators are as happy as Chinese tutor because of this new development.
Indranee Rajah, the Second Minister for Education, revealed that for 2018 there were 3,000 students who took slots and the number if higher from 2,500 in the year before. It has always been the aim of many students to pass the DSA but there are fees to be paid. With this, the ministry announced that they will make the DSA free for anyone starting 2019. It events out the playing field for everyone including those who do not have the funding to do so.
A dedicated online portal is going to be utilized for the applications. As of the moment, schools with a lot of applicants are charging between $20 and $50. The public were curious where the fees are going to and MOE said it is intended for the recovery costs handled by the DSA such as marking tests and conducting.
No one was really shocked with the decision to take in more DSA for this year. Ng Chee Meng, the education minister from the Committee of Supply in MOE, said a year ago that they have allowed secondary schools to accept a maximum of 20 per cent of their students in Secondary One in order to get the four-year O-level while they are covered by the DSA.
The limit was the same for independent schools but it has increased considerably for autonomous and distinctive programs schools with 5 and 10 per cent respectively. The new limit will not be imposed on schools that have six-year IP.
This year, there will be no selection test for high ability students with Chinese tutor nor will there be an ability test for general students. In exchange, there will be tests and interviews for the students to determine their talent in the academic area they excel in.