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Direct School Admission (DSA)

The Direct School Admission (DSA) Exercise allows schools to offer places to suitable students in recognition of their achievements and talents other than their academic results achieved at National Examinations. Ping Yi Secondary School welcomes Primary 6 students who have the ability and potential to meet our listed criteria below to participate in the DSA Exercise.

Parents and students are encouraged to choose schools wisely based on the student’s aptitudes and strengths, bearing in mind the schools’ academic and non-academic requirements, and the programmes available to develop the area of talent.

 1. DSA categories and criteria

  • Applied Learning Programme:  Design and Aeronautical Engineering
    Selection Criteria

    Students applying for the Design and Aeronautical Engineering should demonstrate strong interest and drive     to excel in Aeronautics and preferably possess a background in, or have prior participation and performance     in Science or Mathematics-related programmes, competitions or activities. Students who are interested in        design, robotics, flight and aviation-related programmes may also apply.  Students who possess any form of     school representation, participation, placement or award in the above-mentioned areas should present their     supporting documents.

  • Learning for Life Programme:  Leadership through Character and Citizenship Education
    Selection Criteria

    Students applying for the Leadership through Character and Citizenship Education are expected to be                exemplary in their conduct. They should demonstrate a keen interest and passion in community causes and     in helping others either within the school and/or beyond the school. They should preferably have experience     in leading others to act for the benefit of the community (e.g. leadership roles in primary school). Students        should preferably present any form of school/ community representation, participation, placement or award in     the above-mentioned areas with supporting evidence.

2. Shortlisting criteria

    Applicants who meet the selection criteria will be shortlisted for interviews to further ascertain their                    suitability for the DSA Programme.  Shortlisted applicants need to attend an interview via video-conferencing.     Local students will have this e-interview set up and conducted in their primary schools. In order to clear the        interview, the candidate must demonstrate their abilities to satisfy the selection criteria (as stated in 1).

3. Important dates

Application Stage

From 12 May 2020, 9 a.m. to 5 June 2020, 3 p.m.

Application for DSA-Sec can be submitted through the online DSA-Sec Portal. The application is free-of-charge and will be open from 12 May 2020 to 5 Jun 2020.

For more details, please refer to MOE website – http://www.moe.gov.sg/dsa-sec.

Selection Stage

From 1 July 2020 to

14 September 2020

Interviews through video-conferencing will be conducted for short-listed applicants.

By 14 September 2020

Letters or emails will be sent out to all applicants on the outcome, namely Confirmed Offer (CO), Waiting List (WL) or Unsuccessful.

School Preference Submission

26 October 2020 to

30 October 2020

Students who receive at least one DSA-Sec offer (including from SOTA) will receive notification on the School Preference Submission in Oct 2020. Both parents are required to login to the DSA-Sec Portal using their SingPass to submit up to three school preferences. If parents are unable to submit online, they can approach their child’s primary school for assistance to submit the school preferences on their behalf.


For further enquiries on Ping Yi Secondary School DSA programme, please email to
pyss@moe.edu.sg. Kindly indicate “DSA Enquiries 2020” in your email subject.