Age no barrier

Housewife Liaw Lay Kian, 52, and service operation engineer Lim Hock Tee, 55, did not let their age stop them from taking up an Institute of Technical Education course.

Madam Liaw found a passion for palliative care after caring for her bedridden father-in-law for 16 years, and her husband who died of colorectal cancer.

She joined the Nitec in Nursing course at ITE and studied with classmates who were younger than her adult daughters.

Mr Lim Hock Tee joined the Higher Nitec in Technology course to years ago to encourage his son to further his studies.

His son, then 19, was deciding between furthering his studies or joining the workforce after completing his Nitec.

Yesterday, Madam Liaw received the Tay Eng Soon Gold Medal, which is awarded to the top graduates.

She graduated with a GPA of 3.94.

Although his son eventually decided to do his National Service, Mr Lim continued with his studies and was awarded the Singapore Labour Foundation Gold Medal, achieving a GPA of 3.8.