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     Direct School Admission Exercise 2007 for admission to polytechnic

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DPA Exercise

The exercise will be conducted as follows:

Please refer to Annexes B and C for the details on the exercise and flowchart of the processes respectively.

Polytechnic Preparatory Programme

The Polytechnic Preparatory Programme, which will be conducted by the polytechnics for all DPA students from mid-Jan 08 to Mar 08, aims to broaden the students¡¯ learning experiences, orientate them better to the polytechnic environment, and help prepare them for polytechnic courses. The Programme will include activities such as industry visits, student camps and leadership development activities. Students can also take polytechnic modules during the Programme.

For Further Information

Students who are interested in participating in the DPA Exercise are encouraged to visit the websites of the polytechnics that they are interested in to obtain more details.

Students/Parents can also call the MOE Customer Service Centre at 6872 2220 for further clarifications or refer to the MOE website at for more information.

Students who are interested in a JC pathway and wish to gain direct admission to a JC can participate in the DSA-JC Exercise, which is conducted during the same period as the DPA Exercise.


The Ministry of Education (MOE) has been giving schools, polytechnics and universities greater flexibility in their admission of students to allow a more diverse range of student achievements and talents to be recognised.

In March 2006, the Polytechnic School Review Committee (PSRC) chaired by the Minister of State for Education & Manpower, Mr Gan Kim Yong, recommended the introduction of Advanced Elective Modules (AEMs), Applied Graded Subjects (AGS) and the Direct Polytechnic Admission (DPA) Exercise, to cater more fully to the interests and aspirations of students who are keen to progress along an applied and practice¨Coriented path of education. The report of the PSRC can be found at


17 MAY 2007

Annex B

Details on DPA Exercise 2007

Each student is allowed to accept only one offer, either to a junior college or to a polytechnic course. If a student is found to have accepted offers from both the DPA and DSA-JC Exercises 2007, he will be disqualified from both the DPA and DSA-JC Exercises.

A student who has previously accepted a DPA offer but would like to participate in the centralised posting exercises, i.e. the Provisional Admission Exercise (PAE), the Joint Admissions Exercise (JAE), or the Joint Polytechnic Special Admissions Exercise (JPSAE), must cancel his earlier acceptance. He can do so by downloading a Withdrawal Form from the DPA website at, filling it up and submitting it by hand to the polytechnic which he has been admitted to. He must submit his Withdrawal Form no later than 5.00 pm, 5 October 2007.

More information regarding the DPA Exercise 2007 is available on the MOE website Additional information on the various courses offered by the polytechnics is available on the respective polytechnics¡¯ websites.


Source: Press Release 17 May 2007