More children undergoing training to improve chances in DSA exercise
- POSTED: 26 Dec 2013 17:54
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To improve their chances in schools' direct admissions exercise, more parents are enrolling their children at specialised centres to prepare them for the interview process.
SINGAPORE: To improve their chances in schools' direct admissions exercise, more parents are enrolling their children at specialised centres to prepare them for the interview process.
Some training centres said the number of students attending such trainings during the year-end holiday has doubled.
To gain admission to their preferred school, students must sit through a written test and an interview session.
Trainers said there are some outstanding students who may find it difficult to get through the selection process because their oral communication skills may not be up to scratch.
Besides conversational skills and personality, trainers said character and leadership qualities are also assessed.
Chng Wei Ting, a parent, said: "When the school starts, I believe his (son’s) curriculum will be very tight, so I think now during the holidays he has more free time, so it's better to start him early, and he also has more time to practise."
Jackeline Carter from J Carter Centre for Public Speaking said: "The students do not know what to expect during DSA (Direct School Admissions), so the first thing that comes to their mind is fear. So the preparation actually gives them an overview of how the process really is, so that they will not be surprised during the actual DSA interview."