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  • Queen of sgForums
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    FireIce's Avatar
    262,420 posts since Dec '99
    • What matters is ability, not a university degree: Ong Ye Kung

       

      Urging the public not to be “overly-fixated” with the university cohort participation rate, Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung stressed on Monday (May 8) that all Singaporeans “need to keep learning and deepening our skills throughout our lives”.

      Speaking in Parliament during the second reading of the Bill to set up the Singapore University of Social Sciences (SUSS) as the Republic’s sixth autonomous university, Mr Ong said that degrees can become obsolete in a world where information and knowledge can be found online easily. Degrees also do not enable people to earn a living, he pointed out. Instead, it is “our ability to keep pace with changing needs of the economy is what helps us earn our keep”, he said.

      He added: “Skills are what carry a premium now, and skills need to be honed throughout our lifetimes.….All of us need to keep learning and deepening our skills throughout our lives.”

      Mr Ong’s comments came after his remarks at the 47thSt Gallen Symposium last week sparked a spirited public debate by some, including former GIC chief economist Yeoh Lam Keong. During the event held in Switzerland, Mr Ong spoke about the need for the education system to be aligned with the structure of the economy, and this means that the proportion of graduates in a cohort has to be capped at about 30 per cent to 40 per cent.

      In a Facebook post, Mr Yeoh said Mr Ong had trotted out the “same old unimaginative line”, and argued that “the history of education policy is full of examples of existing policy makers underestimating the skill and education needs of the modern economy and overestimating their ability to forecast them”.

      Towards the end of his speech in Parliament, Mr Ong alluded to the discussion that arose from his earlier comments. He reiterated that given the diverse needs of the economy requiring more talent from wider fields of expertise, there should be “diverse and multitudinous” paths for people to upgrade their skills. Among other things, these can be academic upgrades, apprenticeships, industry certifications, overseas exposures, or simply gaining work experience and making a name for oneself in the respective fields, he said.

      “It would truly be “unimaginative” to confine ourselves to university academic education as the only way to develop to our full potential,” Mr Ong said.   “Degrees don’t define us, individually, or as a society….. Our society needs to evolve, such that all occupations, crafts and trades, whether the skills are acquired through a degree education or not, are respected and recognised.”

      Singapore’s university cohort participation rate has increased progressively from 20 per cent in 2000, to 30 per cent by 2015. The number is expected to grow, increasing from 35 per cent this year, and 40 per cent by 2020.

      The majority of graduates – about 90 per cent hail from the autonomous universities - are able to find jobs within six months after graduation, Mr Ong noted. This is not the case in many countries experiencing severe graduate unemployment due to an over-supply of graduates, and Singapore has to “guard against” suffering from the same fate, he reiterated.

      The Government had earlier announced that it would be renaming and restructuring SIM University into an autonomous university. To expand its offering for adult learners, it will further refine its programmes for working students, and work with SkillsFuture Singapore Agency (or SSG) and sector agencies to develop industry-relevant courses.

      SUSS will also deliver programmes with a “strong social focus”, such as championing disciplines that bring positive impacts on society, said Mr Ong. This could include building a strong niche in the social sciences, such as social work, early childhood education, and human resource management. The university will also “infuse the mission of social development into other disciplines”, such as having a compulsory service learning component which requires students to initiate, conceptualise, and execute a social project and champion a cause under SUSS’ full-time programmes.

       

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  • minx's Avatar
    851 posts since Sep '15
    • Bullshit.    Lee ah long doen't like Singaporeans be well educated by going universities that is why the subordinate is now aggressively talking rubbish to stop locals go for degree.     What the father built the son destroys. 

  • <Precious>'s Avatar
    6,590 posts since Jul '06
    • The PAP are talking much worse bullcrap than what SGF can offer.....!

      They have run out of ideas how to run Singapore and have nothing else to offer the country anymore. Yet, they will not step down because their pay is too darn good. So they just sprout this kind of crap to confuse the public. A confused public will mean it is a lot more difficult for the people to get a consensus to get rid of them....... the classic Divide-And-Rule tactic that has served them so well through the years.

      Do we see any minister or MP putting their children in ITEs or polytechnics? No, they will attend the most prestiggious educational institutions! This is the clearest indication that they do not subscribe to what they preach..........

       

       

       

       

       

       

    • University Degree =/= Ability BUT why should Ability not = University Degree?

       

  • minx's Avatar
    851 posts since Sep '15
    • Originally posted by <Precious>:

      The PAP are talking much worse bullcrap than what SGF can offer.....!

      They have run out of ideas how to run Singapore and have nothing else to offer the country anymore. Yet, they will not step down because their pay is too darn good. So they just sprout this kind of crap to confuse the public. A confused public will mean it is a lot more difficult for the people to get a consensus to get rid of them....... the classic Divide-And-Rule tactic that has served them so well through the years.

      Do we see any minister or MP putting their children in ITEs or polytechnics? No, they will attend the most prestiggious educational institutions! This is the clearest indication that they do not subscribe to what they preach..........

       

       

       

       

       

       

      Well, we have someone whose path was created to be BG, MP , now MP and Pig M.  Everything is ready for him.   All ministers, all policies , law , media and so on are what they are to cater to this obnoxious arrogant hopeless tyrant.  Singapore first, Singaporeans first not in his mind.   To him is "I first".    It is much easier for him to deal with the less educated as such "don't go university'.     Never expect this scumbag to change ,  he is in to continue to screw us.  Those that voted him and his party are doing a disservice to Singapore and her people. 

       

       

       

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