Ministry of Education
Committee of Supply
Debate 2017
Recognising Talents and Achievements
  • Direct School Admission (DSA) places will be increased. From the 2018 DSA Exercise (for the 2018 P6 cohort), all secondary schools will offer up to 20% of their non-IP places through DSA.
  • By the 2018 DSA Exercise (for the 2018 P6 cohort), schools will stop using general academic ability tests for DSA selection.
  • From the 2019 DSA Exercise (for the 2019 P6 cohort), DSA applications can be made via a common portal.
Catering to Students' Academic Strengths
  • By 2018, all secondary schools offering the Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) course will offer Subject-Based Banding.
  • Students can take subjects in which they have done well at a higher academic level.
Reviewing Affiliation Priority in Secondary Schools
  • From the 2019 S1 Posting Exercise (for the 2019 P6 cohort), affiliated secondary schools will reserve 20% of admissions for students who do not benefit from affiliation priority.
Enhancing Government Bursaries
  • From Academic Year 2017, More students in Post-Secondary Education Institutions (PSEIs) will be eligible for government bursaries, namely the Community Development Council/Citizens' Consultative Committee (CDC/CCC) Bursary and the MOE Bursary.
  • The bursary amounts will also increase, as follows:



  • For more information on the enhanced bursaries, please click here.