Before taking the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), children in Primary 6 can obtain spots in secondary schools through the Direct School Admission (DSA) programme, which was implemented in 2004.
A holistic society will be created due to the DSA's recognition of the potential beyond academic aptitude. As a result, the Ministry of Education (MoE) permits students to apply to DSA-Sec based on skills in leadership, debate, public speaking, visual and performing arts, athletics, and other areas.
School of the Arts (SOTA), Raffles Girls' School (RGS), St Joseph's Institution (SJI) and Victoria School (VS) are just a few of the top-rated schools in Singapore that students who opt to enrol through the DSA system via Art have a chance to attend. These schools are among the best schools in Singapore.
In addition to securing entry to an excellent school, here are five (5) main benefits of the DSA programme for your kids:
Your child needs to receive more praise and encouragement to do well in class. It is something that is required of them after all. According to psychologists Ivan Pavlov and B. F. Skinner, positive behaviour that is not rewarded will gradually decline over time. This is the cause of the gradual decline in your child's academic performance, which you start to notice even though you've tried to motivate them or sternly talk to them about it without success.
DSA rewards your child for their hard work by providing them with this much-needed positive reinforcement. As a result, they will strive to surpass their primary school accomplishments once they are in secondary school to receive comparable prizes.
In addition to academic abilities, your child usually has other interests they would like to pursue. Because it gives them the best potential for success in the future, you, as the parent, would like to see them focus more on their education. DSA unifies the two. Numerous prestigious institutions are renowned for turning forth extraordinary pupils who excel in the arts or particular sports.
Students must take part in other activities, since the abilities they develop by developing their talents may be crucial for their future professional careers. Sports teams, for instance, can help your youngster learn how to get along with others by encouraging teamwork among the players. Participating in sports also guarantees that your child's general health is in excellent shape.
Being the top student in a class where not every student is as bright academically as your child is very easy. However, if your child is guaranteed first place at the end of every academic year, this can eventually cause complacency.
The best in your child will come out when competing against other equally talented students. They will try even harder to reclaim the top spot in the class if they are forced to work harder for it.
Young, inexperienced individuals often create innovations that fundamentally alter society. According to Fortune, some of the world's top innovators are also among the youngest.
Your child can interact with other intelligent students who share similar interests, thanks to DSA. Together, these young people can explore novel concepts and find answers to societal issues. Then, while still in secondary school, they can patent the idea and position themselves for success in the future.
Adulthood requires networking regularly. People frequently acquire jobs from a friend's or acquaintance's recommendation. DSA offers your child the excellent chance to interact with people they may later cross paths with in professional settings while in the same environment.
Imagine that your youngster is buddies with a student in secondary four. By the time your child has finished secondary school, the secondary four students will be fully established. Therefore, they can rapidly secure your capable child an internship with their company. Additionally, you may develop a close relationship with the parents of your child. This is important since developing friendships that benefit both people as adults can be more challenging.
All parents want the best for their kids’ future. For bright and promising children, the DSA programme allows them to shine and get an early head start in reaching their potential. Please read our earlier article here if you are curious about the steps required to prepare your kids for the DSA application. For more information, get in touch with us and let us help you bring out the best in your child’s potential!