A total of 917 students have been admitted to the
Seychelles Polytechnic and other post secondary educational institutions
this year, but the figures are bound to increase by another 100 after
the appeal board has considered other cases.
Again this year, the majority of students who have
been selected are directly from S5 whilst provisions have also been made
for S4 students who had opted to go straight into the eight training
centres instead of continuing their studies in S5.
Altogether, some 1200 students applied for further
studies at the different institutions and the overall percentage of them
who would have been admitted after the appeal would represent a 15%
increase on last year's record.
Students who have not been accepted in any
institution and would like to lodge an appeal, can do so by reporting to
the Career Guidance section in the Ministry of Education at Mont Fleuri
next week. They will be given one week to do that.
The Industrial Training Centre (ITC) is recruiting
the highest number of students with 289, followed by Polytechnic with
230, Seychelles Hospitality and Tourism Training Centre (SHTTC) with
181, National Institute for Health and Social Studies (NIHSS) with 69,
National College of the Arts (NCA) with 49, National Institute of
Education (NIE) with 41, Farmer's Training Centre (FTC) with 33 and
Maritime Training Centre (MTC) with 25.
According to the director general for Education
Planning, Mr Charles Confait, ITC, MTC and Polyechnic have all increased
their quota compared to last year whereas some other institutions have
reduced their intake.
The reason for this, he explained, depended on the
demand of the different courses being offered as well as the
requirements in the world of work. NIHSS for example has cut down on
certain courses but is offering new ones, notably Emergency Care and
However, despite the record number of students in
all institutions, some of these are still under-quota and are hoping to
gain more candidates after the appeal.
On the issue of gender, Mr Confait noted that this
was generally balanced for the two sexes, with 485 boys being admitted
and 432 girls. Evidently, the intake for tourism is dominated by female
candidates whilst the fields of farming, maritime and industrial are led
The other 100 students who are being given a second
chance to win a seat in any of the institutions will not be selected in
a direct process but their cases will be reviewed by the board of
Mr Confait explained that an appeal would not
necessarily guarantee any student a seat if he or she did not satisfy
the criteria for the course he/she was applying for.
He said the different criteria used in determining
where to place the students into the various schools included not only
the results of last year's examinations results but also the choice of
the students themselves, their behaviour and attitude as well as their
performance during interviews carried out by officials of the ministry.
Mr Confait advised students who wanted to appeal to
be careful when making their choices and not to apply for courses in
which they had not been accepted on first try.
The list of students who have been admitted in the
various institutions is published in a supplement appearing in Saturday
January 11, Seychelles
Weekend Nation and is also available on the ministry's website,
http:www.education.gov.sc. as from Saturday January 11.
Monday's paper for appeal