Lianhe Zaobao
Tuesday, 06 March 2018
Title: Once a rebellious teen, he found the right direction after joining the Polytechnic Foundation Programme
Synopsis: The eligibility criteria for the Polytechnic Foundation Programme (PFP) will be expanded to include the top 15 per cent of the Secondary 4 Normal (Academic) cohort, thus raising the number of students who can enter polytechnics through this route. This was announced by Education Minister (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung yesterday at the Ministry of Education’s Committee of Supply debate. For 24-year-old Jasper Yap, the PFP is an alternative route that allowed him to pursue his dreams. Although he was sent to the Singapore Boys’ Home when he was in secondary school and was retained twice, he pulled up his socks and did extremely well during his GCE N-Level exams. He decided to choose the PFP route in NP, where he studied Aerospace Technology. “The PFP route allowed me to discover my interests,” said Jasper, who is from the pioneer batch of PFP graduates.
While Jasper was working in a maid agency a few years ago, he realised that company transactions were recorded manually. Using the skills he had learnt from a coding course during PFP, he wrote a programme that automates the process. Jasper is now the co-founder of Eezee, a startup that matches businesses to industrial goods and supplies. He hopes to take a degree in information systems in future. However, he may delay his university education to focus on growing his business.

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