Nowdays, many institutions are getting shamed in public – at least from a one-sided story from a disgruntled victim. However, if the letter here is anything to go by, the admin lapse that’s in Republic Polytechnic is really shocking. Not only did they make the poor guy book out of camp a few times during his BMT, they failed to process his deferment and their system started to threaten to suspend him from school due to non-attendance.

And I thought Singapore aspired to be an Education Hub.

How Republic Polytechnic handled a student’s deferment application

SINGAPORE’S educational system has always been widely regarded as one of the best in the world, with many local and foreign talents being cultivated from polytechnics, tertiary institutions and universities.

Started up in 2002 as the country’s fifth polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic has nurtured and educated many batches of highly skilled individuals. The school has also achieved several significant awards such as the Singapore Quality Class in 2005. However, one recent encounter with the school has tremendously changed my perspective on the school’s management towards its students.

Last month, my brother was successfully enrolled into Republic Polytechnic. However, as he is already serving his National Service when he received the letter of approval, he has to defer his studies and complete his National Service before he continues to further his studies.

On March 27, my brother received an SMS from Republic Polytechnic, requesting him to go to the school personally on the 28th to settle his enrolment. Given the short notice, my brother had no choice but to apply to book out early from BMTC in Pulau Tekong to complete the enrolment and request deferment of his studies. Worried that there might be some procedures which my brother might have difficulties in, I took leave from work and accompanied him to RP. After we had handed in the necessary documents to process his enrolment, we told the staff that my brother needs to defer his studies till he completes his NS. However, we were alarmed to hear from the staff that there is no way deferment of studies can be done and there was only two choices, either defer his NS and proceed with his studies or re-apply two years later when my brother has successfully completed his NS. Also, my brother had to make another trip to school personally on April 1 to complete his enrolment.

Why can’t the school be more efficient and complete the whole enrolment process in one day? It is very difficult to apply leave from NS, especially when my brother has just enlisted and is still undergoing BMT. This disruption in his training will take a toll on him as he will have to stay in camp during Saturdays to attend the lessons that he has missed. Isn’t this making life more difficult and putting unnecessary stress on him?

I went back home and surfed through RP’s website. On one of the pages on deferment issues, it states that ‘Successful applicants who are still serving full-time National Service may apply for deferment of their studies to reserve their place until they have completed their service’. I called up the school immediately and they confirmed that deferment of studies can be done. By giving false information and misleading applicants, the staff of RP must take full responsibility for their actions if the applicants decide to choose either of the two options that were given earlier. If the applicant chooses to complete his NS, re-apply two years later but this time round he is unsuccessful in his re-application for a course in RP, the applicant’s opportunity to further his studies will be diminished. This is very unfair to him as he is not fully informed of the choices that he can make and this decision may affect his path in life and even career opportunities in the future.

Thinking that this was a one-off mistake from the staff, we decided not to pursue the matter. However, the situation just got from bad to worse.

On April 1, my brother booked out from camp and went back to school to complete his enrolment. He went through eight stages, with each stage telling the person in charge that he was requesting deferment. At one stage, the person in charge asked him to purchase a laptop so that my brother can be issued with his student ID and password to gain access to the RP’s website and wireless Internet within the school. However, my brother told him that he was going to defer his studies so there was no need for him to purchase a laptop for the time being. After finalising his enrolment and requesting deferment, he went back to camp.

Despite all the necessary actions taken to proceed with the deferment, there was no letter of confirmation of deferment from RP. Recalling the bad incident that we had in the past, I decided to call up the school once again on April 4. This time round, the staff told me that my brother has to complete an online deferment form, located in RP’s website, and to log in to his account, he needs to have his user ID and password which will be issued when he purchases his laptop. Earlier on, my brother had already informed the staff that he was requesting for deferment and that was why he did not purchase the laptop. Why was he not given his user ID and password on the spot and instead insisted on having him purchase a laptop to get the user ID and password? I believe that technology is so advanced now that his user ID and password can be generated and issued by the IT Department immediately.

Finally, after filling up the online form, we thought that the whole saga can finally die down. However, the best part has yet to arrive.

On April 9, we received a call from the Program Chair in charge of the course which my brother was enrolled in. To our shock, it was pertaining to my brother’s absence from school. From that moment we knew that nothing was done by the school about the deferment and we were advised by the lecturer to wait for the confirmation letter by the Office of Registrar. At the same time, he explained to us about the five stages to successfully apply for deferment, one of which was to seek his approval. We adhered to his advice and waited another week, hoping that everything can be completed as soon as possible.

We received a letter from RP on April 14, stating that my brother was absent from school from April 7 to April 11 and that if he continues to be absent from school till April 18, ‘we will change his/her student status from enrolled to dormant and he/she could be liable to be dismissed from the school and pay the administrative fees equivalent to the 100% of semestral tuition fees and annual supplementary fees’. This is ridiculous. Why should we forfeit the semestral fees that we have already paid when we have already asked for a deferment which was not taken up by the school on the very first day of enrolment? The school has to take the blame for the messed up system and inefficiency in resolving such a simple issue. If the staff are not educated in handling such issues, why allow them to oversee the enrolment procedures? In the very first place, they should already be notified whether the applicants are currently serving National Service ( for those who are eligible to serve NS).

With things going out of hand, I called up the Deputy Principal (Academic Affairs) and Registrar, Dr. W.A.M. Alwis, who took a very defensive and protective stand. I was given absolutely no chance to explain our current situation as he continued to rattle on through the phone on how the school had to handle more than 4,000 students and why the whole procedure was taking such a long time. Throughout the conversation, I was interrupted countless times as I pressed on to ask for an explanation on the poor handling of the situation. When I requested a deadline for the deferment issue to be settled, he could not even provide me with an estimated date. In the end, without any further explanation that he could provide me regarding this issue, he hung up his phone.

I sincerely hope that Republic Polytechnic can improve on its management system as it is causing a lot of unnecessary stress and time wasted in resolving such a simple issue. I believe that this issue can be settled within the day of enrolment itself if the school’s management system is efficient. This will reduce the time spent on follow-up cases and save a lot of trouble for the parents/guardians of the applicants and the applicants themselves.

Cheong Jian Ping

Article obtained from straitstimes.com on 19th April 2008



Reader's Comments

  1. SM | April 19th, 2008 at 4:42 pm

    Wow, this is interesting. Is this where our children go to, to be an useful member of the society..? Anyone can give an excuse. You don’t have to hold a high office to do that! I thought when someone is selected and paid a BIG SALARY, they are suppose to solve problems; plan, implement, review and execute a system where things work and when they don’t, to be felxible enough to solve the issue. NOT GIVE EXCUSE and hang-up. I sincerely hope this was not the case.

    Hope this don’t rub off on our children who are there to learn, and they DO learn by seeing how Institutes function and their elders, not just by what is taught in the class but also by what happens around them. Good luck to our society..!

  2. ignorantsoup | April 19th, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Dr. W.A.M. Alwis is just putting his skills to good use. In a way, since the person is applying deferment to complete NS, Dr. W.A.M. Alwis is just using his NS skills of throwing smoke and not answering questions. Well done Dr. W.A.M. Alwis, now we know what an asshole you are.

  3. KH | April 19th, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    This is truly ridiculous. Defering NS for studies? HAHAHA what a joke. If it was so easy, we would have all done that! Obviously the person who said that hasn’t been through NS.

    Anyway, so what if they are handling 4,000 students? It’s not 4,000 deferment what. Only 1 deferment and they could not settle it. The worst thing was this Dr. W.A.M. Alwis hanging up on our friend. DR.

    Crap la. If I encounter this kind of nonsense I would just switch poly. Who knows one day they cock up my results.

  4. fitnessdesigncoach | April 20th, 2008 at 1:20 am

    Woah! This is so uncalled for. Not only did the admin cocks up, the managerial at the top wasn’t of much help either.

    He should have listened to you and do something abt the lack of effectiveness and obvious loop hole in the system. Someone in that school wasn’t doing their job properly.

  5. Elia Diodati | April 20th, 2008 at 2:04 am

    Going by that logic, universities like NUS and NTU with 10 times the number of students have no time to deal with anybody either. Nor does the government, who has to deal with 4 million citizens, or 1,000 times the number of people. That’s just complete bull.

  6. Aaron | April 20th, 2008 at 2:05 am

    From the sound of things…

    People are really not doing their job in RP, even the ones at the top.

    Is applying for deferment really that difficult a matter to resolve? 5 .. or 8 stages?

    It should be interesting to see how they reply..

  7. Onlooker | April 20th, 2008 at 3:41 am

    Wouldn’t Be a problem for FT same age.
    And they call this nation building…..
    Whose nation?
    Oh by the way, NUS and NTU are invaded by FT too and hence the need for a fourth Uni.
    Joke :-
    The Only way to balance this is NS(Street cleaning,Public toilet maintenace{in dormitory}) For (imported poor) FT Males only:)
    Rich ones get to be treated like “white horse”, Go party and spend in orchard road(boost economy)
    No need to import more labour (banglah) for cleaning jobs.
    I’ll call that character enrichment for FT.
    By the way NS also do same thing, FT will be more free at least they get to go cinema after work not stay in camp.

  8. Wenjin | April 20th, 2008 at 12:00 pm

    Woah! I didnt get posted to RP this year!

  9. Kelvin | May 10th, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Your brother is just another victim of the lousy and potentially hazardous admin system RP lives by, ‘making life as difficult for students as much as possible’.

    l’m farmiliar with this particular polytechnic, it’s true they are incompetent in such matters. After hearing your story, l realized that the protocol which handles absentees and other administraion is also lacking.

    For one, if the student is deemed not well enough to go to school or hospitalized [with report and MC or even a call from the doctor] they won’t accept it as a reason not to attend classes. Add this with the fact that everyday classes add up to your GPA in such a way that each lesson counts as 2.5percent of your total; students are left cornered. They will take the unattended classes and deal with it GPA wise as they would with truancy, illogical.

    RP has to come to its senses that even if you are trying to stimulate a work environment, there is a good reason why students are mostly studying at this age and not working! You are dealing with something that can affect their futures here, BE CAREFUL ABOUT IT and not test your twisted philosophies ‘molding their young minds’ and ‘maturing the students faster’ at them. Each student you hold could potentially be one of those scholars and successful people published every so often which brings fame to their school but it’s your lack of competence that hinders them, your fault your role your mistake.

    With the way things are at this very moment, Republic’s reputation is only going to go downhill without a brake. There are so many flaws in the order of the instituition, even if foreign Acedemic Associates say that they are ‘intrigued’ by Republic’s Problem Based Learning and so on [it’s in the school website]. You have to realize that they didn’t give you a straight thumbs up, it’s just that they didn’t have the heart to tell you YOU SUCK!

  10. organlike | February 25th, 2009 at 11:42 am

    For the sole purpose of identifying the two different parties, the following terms will be used. First Mr. Cheong, shall refer to Mr. Cheong’s brother as mentioned in the above repost straits times forum article. Second Mr. Cheong, shall refer to the writer of this reposted forum article.

    First of all, I do not belive that the underlining problems lie completely with the school, Republic Polytechnic. In fact First Mr. Cheong, also have a part to bear the responsibility for his role of not applying the deferment in an accepted and organised manner.

    Second Mr. Cheong mentioned above that First Mr. Cheong receive the “letter of approval”, however, Second Mr. Cheong failed to define what he mean by the phrases “letter of approval” in this context. Do Second Mr. Cheong mean that First Mr. Cheong has been approved by the Army to defer National Service? No. That is because Second Mr. Cheong mentioned that First Mr. Cheong was seeking deferment of study, so therefore it is clear that the Army did not grant approval to First Mr. Cheong to pursue his studies in RP, am I right?

    The said letter will most likely be the letter of acceptance issued by the Republic Polytechnic, am I right? Thus in the letter, it will most likely indicate important details such as when and where to report for registering and as well as applicable fees payable and so on. I have verified with more than 10 students who were enrolled into Republic Polytechnic in 2008 and as well as verified with the Republic Polytechnic. They have produced the same answer as I told you here. They said that indeed there is such instruction in the letter of acceptance so that they know the procedures clearly where and when to register and pay the applicable fees and so on. Can I suggest that First Mr. Cheong failed to turn up at the said registering venue, and as a result additional or unneccessary process were incured? DO you agree? Yes Second Mr. Cheong have to agree with me, that’s because Second Mr. Cheong mentioned that the Republic Polytechnic send First Mr. Cheong an SMS on 27 March requesting First Mr Cheong to report to Republic Polytechnic on 28 March the next day. And do Second Mr. Cheong agree that by not participating at the scheduled enrolment exercise, it will make the matter complicated to handle? And do Second Mr. Cheong also agree with me that if First Mr. Cheong participate at the scheduled enrolment exercise, Republic Polytechnic would not have to send a private message to First Mr. Cheong’s mobile phone requesting him to come to Republic Polytechnic to do the neccessary documentation?

    Republic Polytechnic do not operate solely because of First Mr. Cheong’s educaitonal needs. Republic Polytechnic operate solely for her thousands of students studying there. Therefore, it will certainly be unreasonable of both First and Second Mr. Cheong to complaint about Republic Polytechnic’s management, when First Mr Cheong did not even follow the instruction as stated in the letter. It is also unfair of Second Mr. Cheong to posted and repost such article with the intention to ruin Republic Polytechnic’s reputation as a quality problem-based learning centre.

    Republic Polytechnic has won numerous awards including the Singapore Quality Class award received in 2005. Republic Polytechnic has been awarded ISO9001 (quality), ISO14001 (environment) and OHSAS 18001 (occupational safety/health) in 2003. RP was presented with the Leading HR Practices in Quality Work-Life Award at The Singapore HR Awards 2008. Republic Polytechnic (RP) is pleased to announce that we have been recertified by SPRING Singapore for the Singapore Quality Class (SQC) and the Singapore Innovation Class (SIC).

    The article above is published in Straits Times forum. Therefore, it is clear that the writer, Second Mr. Cheong, has no affiliation with the Straits Times in anyway. And as such, article posted on Straits Times forum do not represent or constitute The Straits Times’s view in anyway. Instead, the article posted will only reflect solely on the forum writer’s biased view. Therefore, to a large extend I disgree with the forum writer, Second Mr. Cheong’s biased view, as he failed to convince beyond doubts about the incidents that First Mr. Cheong encountered before. Moreover, the article is solely based on Second Mr. Cheong’s weak testimonial claim with the absent of Republic Polytechnic’s view. Besides, Second Mr. Cheong do not have any reliable source quoted as prove to back his stand and thus tremendously reduced the reliability of Second Mr. Cheong’s article. Hence, the above repost of The Straits Times forum article is invalid to be used as a prove to judge the standard of Republic Polytechnic’s educational quality problem-based learning centre and as well as Republic Polytechnic’s management policies.

    Second Mr. Cheong must also realise that under Penal Code (Chapter 224) article 500, that states “Whoever defames another shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years, or with fine, or with both.” Therefore, should Republic Polytechnic wish to pursue the matter, Second Mr. Cheong shall be prepared to serve prison term.

  11. applecom | April 3rd, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    To a large extend, I disagree with the above re-post of The Straits Times forum article. That’s because I found some discrepancies in the article concerned that disrupted its claims.

    For the sole purpose of identifying the two different parties, the following terms will be used. First Mr. Cheong, shall refer to Mr. Cheong’s brother as mentioned in the above re-post of straits times forum article. Second Mr. Cheong, shall refer to the writer of this re-posted forum article.

    The first discrepancy, why is it so that First Mr. Cheong will be already serving National Service before he actually receive his letter of acceptance from the Republic Polytechnic? Do you know that mindef actually work with various educational institution (such as, Universities, polytechnic, and so on) to allow NS registrants not to have any delay upon completion of National Service and allow them to begin with their course within the same year they completed their National Service. For example, if you are enlisted into NS with only “O” level certification, then your enlistment date will be between mid March to mid April, this is to allow the NS registrants of such group to do the necessary deferment of studies, should they requires. Then if your are enlisted into NS with Polytechnic diploma or A level certification, then your enlistment date will be around May to July. Such arrangement will allow NS registrants to have their desired course of study being successfully deferred by the respective school. Therefore, the objection is maintained.

    The second discrepancy, why do you think Republic Polytechnic will send an SMS to First Mr. Cheong on 27 March 2008 with regards to registration matter? Usually registration will be held on the first or the second week of march. Besides, if in the first place First Mr. Cheong was indeed accepted into Republic Polytechnic, he should have received the enrollment package via mailing before the commencement of the enrollment exercise, agree? Even if say the polytechnic for some reasons, failed to delivery such document to the students, First Mr. Cheong should contact the school before the commencement of the registration phrase about how to register and defer the course. Therefore the objection is maintained.

    The third discrepancy, if for one reason or another that First Mr. Cheong cannot come personally to Republic Polytechnic to do the necessary documentation, he can appoint anyone he trusted most to act on his behalf to do the registration. This is in according to Republic Polytechnic’s rule that states “For a proxy enrolling on behalf of a student, the originals of the following documents are needed, in addition to other documents required. (1) Authorization letter signed by the student, to authorise the proxy (with Name and NRIC) to enrol on behalf of the student. (2) The student’s Singapore NRIC, or passport for those without Singapore NRIC. (3) The proxy’s NRIC or passport.” From the article, I understand that First Mr. Cheong was unable to book out of camp frequently to do the documentation at Republic Polytechnic. Ironically, First Mr. Cheong never appoint anyone to act on Fist Mr. Cheong’s behalf for the purpose of registration in Republic Polytechnic. Therefore the objection is maintained.

    The fourth discrepancy, Second Mr. Cheong mentioned that “We received a letter from RP on April 14, stating that my brother was absent from school from April 7 to April 11 and that if he continues to be absent from school till April 18, ‘we will change his/her student status from enrolled to dormant and he/she could be liable to be dismissed from the school and pay the administrative fees equivalent to the 100% of semestral tuition fees and annual supplementary fees’.” However, this is in contrast to the policies set by the Republic Polytechnic. According to the Republic Polytechnic’s rules governing absenteeism from class are as following: (1)During any semester of enrollment at RP, any student who has been continuously absent from all classes for the first four (4) weeks of the semester, without a reason acceptable to the Program Chair, are liable to be dismissed from the Polytechnic. (2)During any semester of enrollment at RP, Student Pass holders are required to have a minimum attendance of 80% for all assigned daily-graded classes by the end of Week 13 for each semester. Any Student Pass holder who is unable to meet the minimum attendance requirement is liable to be dismissed from the Polytechnic. (3) As Creative Engagement, Professional Profiling, G301 and G302 are not daily-graded, they are not included amongst the assigned classes for computation purposes. The Republic Polytechnic rules as mentioned above, can be found at http://www.rp.sg/org/Student%20Handbook/Acad_Absenteeism.aspx Therefore, the objection is maintained.

    The fifth discrepancy, with regards to this statement, “On April 1, my brother booked out from camp and went back to school to complete his enrolment.” This is where the main problem lies. If First Mr. Cheong was seeking deferment of study, he should complete the student deferment form and submit to the registrants during the enrollment exercise. Thus, when he approached the station 1 during enrollment exercise, he would be expected to accept the course offered. After First Mr. Cheong accepted the course offered, the letter of acceptance would be issued to him on the spot. And since First Mr. Cheong is seeking deferment of study, he should then submit the Student Deferment Form( if applicable) to the registrars at the same station 1. So, if First Mr. Cheong indeed submitted the student deferment form, the registrars would advise First Mr. Cheong not to process with the subsequent stations to complete the registration. And because First Mr. Cheong never submit the Student Deferment Form to the registrars during the enrollment period, then the registrars would not know if First Mr. Cheong was indeed seeking deferment of study. Thus, as a result it is clear that First Mr. Cheong indeed did not follow the rules accordingly to accept and defer the course offered. Hence, as such, Republic Polytechnic is not responsible for First Mr. Cheong’s failure to follow such rules during enrollment period and as a result he lost his course in Republic Polytechnic. Therefore, the objection is maintained.

    The sixth discrepancy, in Second Mr. Cheong’s comment on 27 Mar 2009 at 4:27 pm, Second Mr. Cheong claimed that his re-post of the Straits Times forum is “Fair comment.” This is ridiculous. Second Mr. Cheong is pushing the full responsibilities to Republic Polytechnic when it is clear that both First and Second Mr. Cheong should also be responsible for not doing the deferment in an orangised and accepted manner. As mentioned in the above re-post forum article, First Mr. Cheong went to Republic Polytechnic to complete the registration process on 1 April, that is very clear to show that First Mr. Cheong cannot comprehend any given instruction. That’s because First Mr. Cheong should only submit Student Deferment Form and accept the course offered in station 1, instead of doing so he accepted the course at station 1 and then moved on to the other station for registration. And that’s why the course is not successfully deferred. So who is to be blame for First Mr. Cheong’s failure to successfully deferred the course? The Republic Polytechnic? First Mr.Cheong? or Second Mr. Cheong? It is clear that the first Mr. Cheong is to be blamed for failing to defer the course of study. Therefore, the objection is maintained.

    The seventh discrepancy, with regards to this statement, “At one stage, the person in charge asked him to purchase a laptop so that my brother can be issued with his student ID and password to gain access to the RP’s website and wireless Internet within the school.” This is ridiculous and in contrast to the enrollment policies. According to the Republic Polytechnic’s enrollment guide, which states that student ID can only be issue after the payment of the enrollment fee. Besides, even if First Mr. Cheong purchase a laptop from the Republic Polytechnic, First Mr. Cheong still need to bring the laptop to the school for configuration purposes. Without doing so, First Mr. Cheong and as well as other Republic Polytechnic students cannot use their laptop in Republic Polytechnic.There are all total three stages during the enrollment exercise, and not eight stages as claimed in the above re-post forum article. The three stages are namely; Station 1 (Acceptance) To confirm acceptance of offer, and to submit Student Deferment Form, if applicable. Station 2 (Updating of Particulars) To update student’s and parents’ particulars: (1) Name, NRIC / passport number (2) Mailing address. Nets Payment Station (in station 2); To pay the Enrollment fee (only by NETS only). Station 3(NRIC SCAN and Issuing of Student ID). At station 3, your official identification document (Singapore NRIC or Passport for those without Singapore NRIC) will be scanned for our records, and your student ID (which also serves as your system account Username) will be issued to the students. Next after station 3, is the Finance Consultation Station (in station 3); To consult and submit forms for Tuition Grant and financial assistance schemes. The Interbank GIRO authorization form for all Deduction and Refunds will also be collected at this Station. Finally comes the Photo Station (which is also in station 3), that’s when the digital photograph of each student will be taken at the Photo Station. The enrollment process includes a number of different procedures. The procedures are carried out at different station for speed and efficiency. Students may proceed to the Stations to complete the necessary procedures. Hence, to an extremely large extend I disagree with the phrase, “it is causing a lot of unnecessary stress and time wasted in resolving such a simple issue.” That’s because the enrollment process was well understood by the majority of the students and the whole process runs systematically and smoothly. Therefore, the objection is maintained.

    The eighth discrepancy, in the above re-post of the straits times forum article which claimed that Republic Polytechnic is ineffective in handling matter such as students’ deferment issue. However, Second Mr. Cheong must also realize and understand that he is the only person posting of such defamatory article about the ineffectiveness of Republic Polytechnic’s management policies and as well as her staffs. Do Second Mr. Cheong agree with me that he is in fact falsifying and exaggerating facts about Republic Polytechnic? The answer will certainly be “YES”, that’s because if Republic Polytechnic is indeed that ineffective, not just Second Mr. Cheong, many more will do the same thing and that is to post it on the blog for everyone to see, agree Second Mr. Cheong? Besides, Republic Polytechnic is not as bad as what Second Mr Cheong thinks. That’s because Republic Polytechnic has once again won numerous awards.These awards are as follow;RP wins Gold Award for the Singapore Health Award (SHA)2008– The Singapore HEALTH (Helping Employees Achieve Life-Time Health) Award is awarded by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) each year to give national recognition to organisations that have commendable Workplace Health Promotion (WHP) programmes. RP receives Work-Life Achiever Award 2008– The Work-Life Excellence and Achiever Awards are conferred by the Tripartite Committee on Work-Life Strategy (TriCom). The biennial Work-Life Excellence Award (WLE Award) recognizes employers who have successfully implemented effective strategies to help employees better manage their work goals and personal needs thereby enhancing corporate performance. The Work-Life Achiever Award is for organizations which may not have met the requirements for the Excellence Award but are nonetheless recognized for their exemplary work-life practices. Singapore Quality and Innovation Class Award– Republic Polytechnic have been recertified by SPRING Singapore for the Singapore Quality Class (SQC) and the Singapore Innovation Class (SIC). Leading HR Practices in Quality Work-Life Award– RP was presented with the Leading HR Practices in Quality Work-Life Award at The Singapore HR Awards 2008. This award is presented to organizations which have in place programmes which help employees to achieve quality work-life, through balancing work and personal life in order to increase employee satisfaction, productivity, performance and retention. RP Receives Gold At Singapore HEALTH Awards 2006– The Singapore HEALTH (Helping Employees Achieve Life-Time Health) Award is presented by the Health Promotion Board to give national recognition to organisations with commendable Workplace Health Promotion programmes. RP Receives Distinguished Defence Partner Award– The Total Defence Awards recognize and acknowledge the support that employers and Civil Resource owners have extended towards National Defence and National Service. RP Bags Two At The Singapore HR Awards 2006– RP received two HR awards for:

    * Leading HR Practices in Learning and Human Capital Development (Special Mention)
    * Leading HR Practices in Quality-Work Life Award

    RP Clinches Prestigious Green Mark Award (Platinum)– RP’s new Woodlands Campus was awarded the Building and Construction Authority’s (BCA) Green Mark Platinum Award in recognition of excellence in environmentally friendly building design. Republic Polytechnic Gets Singapore Innovation Class Award– The Singapore Innovation Class (I-Class) Programme which was launched in July 2002, provides organisations with a framework for achieving innovation excellence. Republic Polytechnic is awarded Singapore Quality Class– Barely three, Republic Polytechnic is now part of the growing number of organisations who share a vision of becoming world-class leaders and prove their worth by attaining the Singapore Quality Class (SQC). RP now QEHS Certified– Republic Polytechnic has been awarded ISO9001 (quality), ISO14001 (environment) and OHSAS 18001 (occupational safety/health) in 2003. RP wins People Developer Award– Republic Polytechnic has just been awarded the People Developer Award by Spring Singapore. RP wins Singapore Family Friendly Employer Award 2004– RP has been recognised by the Ministry of Community Development and Sports for its efforts in creating a family friendly environment. Such awards are recognition of Republic Polytechnic’s quality,standards and as well as contributions, thus to an extremely large extend, I disagree with Second Mr. Cheong’s re-post of the Straits Times forum article that state that Republic Polytechnic is ineffective. Instead, I feel that both First and Second Mr. Cheong are ineffective, as the main problem is lies primarily with First Mr. Cheong and secondarily with Second Mr. Cheong. Therefore, the objection is maintained.

    With so many discrepancies present in the above re-post of the Straits Times forum article, there is simply and certainly not possible to believe the above re-post of the straits times forum article. When I check with the various departments and schools of Republic Polytechnic, I learn that most of the incidents as described in the above re-post of the straits times forum article, are false and some were even exaggerated to extend that it ruin Republic Polytechnic’s reputation. For example, Second Mr. Cheong claimed that Republic Polytechnic send a notice stating that, “We received a letter from RP on April 14, stating that my brother was absent from school from April 7 to April 11 and that if he continues to be absent from school till April 18, ‘we will change his/her student status from enrolled to dormant and he/she could be liable to be dismissed from the school and pay the administrative fees equivalent to the 100% of semestral tuition fees and annual supplementary fees’.” The quoted phrase is making a false claim, that’s because Republic Polytechnic will only dismiss students who repeatedly absent from school for as long as four weeks and NOT four days, as mentioned in the above re-post of the straits times forum article. The rules is available in the Students Handbook, a web page in Republic Polytechnic’s website. The exact website is stated above.

    So in short, that’s simply no reason why I or anyone else should change their perspective views about Republic Polytechnic, just because of the above biased and unjust re-post of the straits times forum article. Besides, due to the fact that it have so many discrepancies and inconsistencies, the re-post of the straits times forum article thus does not hold much truth.

  12. Republic Polytechnic Sucks | November 1st, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    If anyone is reading this, apparently organlike and applecom are associates OR affiliated with Republic Polytechnic.

    So there you have it… instead of trying to improve their image and services, they prefer to stand at their current lousy service and threaten others who tries to ‘defame’ them.

  13. Republic Polytechnic Sucks | November 1st, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Truly “Republic” isn’t it?!

  14. Tan | November 16th, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Izzit the place that turned out some of those chopper happy gangsters in downtown east?

  15. Александр | December 9th, 2010 at 7:06 pm

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