Republic Poly SUCKS

Still a terrible school that needs massive improvement. A fail school with a majority of horrible students.

The Irony of Republic Poly

As explained in one of my previous post, all Republic Poly students learn the same subjects/modules during their year 1 period.
In one of the module, you are taught about motivation theories (Maslow's Hierachy, Motivating Employees, .etc). Students are taught on how to motivate their team, employees or people under them in a positive, and compassionate way without any fear-inducing motivation.

Now here's the irony of Republic Poly.
Why aren't they applying what they taught us on their students?
Most RP students will agree with me that they will lose their motivation once they're in year 2.
You do not care about grades as much; you do not care if you're late; you would simply plagiarize someone's work (renaming someone else's PPT as yours or copying over their slides); all it matters is just getting a "C" grade at the end of the day.
This matter has been brought many times to them, but they did NOTHING about it.

Finally this year (2011), they did something!

"Absent for 4 or more lessons without LOA or MC in one module, and you will be barred from UT3 (the final exam that contributes nearly 25% of your module grade)"
Republic Poly

Erm.. then.... WHAT'S THE POINT OF TEACHING US ALL THESE MOTIVATION THEORIES WHEN THEY THEMSELVES DO NOT APPLY THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE?

Also, RP seems more likely an abbrevation for REPUTATION PRIORITY.
Whenever an incident occurs, like a fight or the infamous scandal of the topless RP student, all students will receive an email urging them not to approach to any reporters, or contribute to it (whether is it online blogging, facebook, .etc). If not, they will be dealt severely by them.


Many readers have asked me the sole objective of this blog. Most of them have the misconception that I'm "Anti-Republic Poly" or "Hate Republic Poly".
No. That's not true. I'm creating this blog to bring up awareness.
I do not want new students to enter Republic Poly only to lose motivation and loiter aimlessly.
I do not want hardworking and dedicated students to come to Republic Poly only to end up as slackers or demotivated students whom lost their dedication and hardworking traits (that's what happened to me - not boasting here).
Republic Poly should improve on themselves than simply silencing complains.
(Read up: http://blog.simplyjean.com/2008/04/19/republic-polytechnic-shamed-in-public-letter/ - notice the comments by organlike and applecom threatening the author to remove the post).

To Republic Poly:
You have received many achievements and publicly boast about it.
Now prove it. Show us that you truly deserve them.
I hope it isn't some fake front like a hypocrite simply to get achievements you DO NOT deserve.

Republic Polytechnic - a public or private school?

All public schools should know that providing education is their number 1 top priority.
So regardless if one pays their school fees or not, the public school should NOT discriminate or bar the student from education, unless if it is a private school.

But is Republic Polytechnic a public school?

RP relies heavily on IT (info-tech).
Laptops are compulsory for all students. If a student couldn't afford one, he/she needs to apply for a laptop loan which requires lots of paperwork and verification. If not, the student has to go to the IT helpdesk every morning to lend the laptop for the day and return it at the end of the day.

Well, I know a few classmates who couldn't afford laptops, thus they have to loan it from the school. The weird thing about the school-property laptop is, the laptops are labelled with a rather huge attention-grabbing sticker: "PROPERTY OF REPUBLIC POLYTECHNIC".
I was awed by it. It is quite discriminating to them as anyone who sees that will know the student has loan the laptop from school, thus assuming that the student is needy/poor.
I have no negative opinions on that, but feel rather awkward.

And there were times when my classmates failed to pay their school fees in time, and they were later restricted from accessing the school's website (to download the materials to learn for the day) and internet. And since they are restricted from accessing the school's website, they could not download the required materials or do the necessary work for the day UNTIL the student pays the school fees.
Well, that's something I do not understand at all.
But don't get me wrong. I know that schools need to receive school fees from the students so that they can pay their administrative cost, bills, and so forth. But to bar a student from accessing the school's website and internet is quite unethical, in my opinion. I believe the school should not be doing this.

I know Republic Polytechnic is a public school, but why is the system behaving as if it's a private school?

What is your opinion?

Republic Poly - good school?

Republic Poly, in some ways, has its goods and bads (or rather, flaws).

I can proudly say that Republic Polytechnic lecturers (we call them Facilitators) are excellent. They are friendly, supportive, and knowledgeable. You will never get tired or bored with them, they know how to teach and communicate with their students.
And not to mention, the facilities - a huge library with all sorts of books you can find, musical instruments in the library, an Xbox and Nintendo Wii at a room for students to play, good cafeterias and cafe which you would definitely enjoy the food.
Yes, these are the pros or rather, good things of Republic Poly.

But if you would to ask me about the "bad side" or flaws of the school, there's a few.
Firstly, the school adopts the Problem Based Learning (PBL) system to teach their students. Basically, you will not be given a textbook where you would learn beforehand, memorizing everything, and using the knowledge you've acquired in exams/tests.
In the PBL system, you are first encountered with the problem, and you will learn to find information via the internet/library to get the solution. You will learn to think and create multiple solutions to a problem. Yes, that's good in a way.
But the flaw of the PBL system is, it's way too time-consuming.

If you're a student from ITE or other polytechnics like Temasek Poly, your time schedule varies. Your monday's time schedule could be 2pm-4pm, Tuesday's would be 9am-2pm, .etc.
But in Republic Poly, because we adopted the PBL system, the time schedule is fixed - 8.30 am to 3.30pm, or 9.15 am to 4pm, or 9.45am to 4.30pm.

And for just one whole day, you will only learn one topic of the module/lesson.

The other flaws that most Republic Poly students even raised is, PBL isn't appropriate for all modules. For instance in Year 1 students, regardless of the course you've took, you will be learning the same modules. One of the modules would be about programming (Computing). So it's quite absurd to use PBL in programming.
In my opinion, PBL is something very new to Singaporeans because, in my knowledge, Republic Poly is the first school to adopt the Problem Based Learning education system.
And Singaporeans has always been learning straight from the books (since Primary 1 till our O' levels or ITE graduates), therefore it could be an initial obstruction that first year students would face.
Republic Poly should have a semi-PBL system instead. Using PBL for certain modules (like Business), where students will learn to think and find multiple solutions; but use traditional learning ways to learn programming, mathematics, .etc.

But please do not let the above statement make you feel demoralized or avoid Republic Poly as your choice. It is still a good school, but this is a point that most RP students would raised. Still, you will learn something in the end of the day and be an independent learner.


Republic Polytechnic - sucks?

Is Republic Polytechnic a good school?
Yes, it is but only in some degree.

However is the school's system flawed?