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From bad boy to model student at Singapore Polytechnic

The New Paper, 1 Mar 2017 - Article featured SP’s Diploma in Chemical Engineering final-year student Liew Zheng Jie who is one of the 21 Model Student Award recipients. At 11, he was caned three strokes in front of his class for playing truant. His bad behaviour continued when he was in Unity Secondary School until his English teacher made him a class representative in Secondary 4. The responsibility made him a better student. Article also mentioned that he is among the 837 students in the pioneer batch of the Polytechnic Foundation Programme, which helped him familiarise himself with the resources and environment of polytechnic life. In his second year, he completed a six-week internship at New Zealand's University of Canterbury, where he worked with researchers on synthesising polymers.