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Degrees or skills? ST Education Forum to debate issue

Degrees or skills? ST Education Forum to debate issue

With the number of university places increasing this year, more school leavers will have a shot at degree-level education. There will be slightly over 16,000 places in the six publicly funded universities, despite a shrinking cohort size. This means the cohort participation rate will reach 37.5 per cent, up from 35 per cent last year. Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) Ong Ye Kung told The Straits Times that his ministry is on track to meeting the 40 per cent cohort participation rate announced six years ago. Degrees have typically been associated with better job prospects and higher salaries. Degree holders draw higher starting salaries compared with diploma holders, and the earnings gap widens over the years. Those who cannot get into a local public university tend to look overseas or take the private school route. However, in an age of technological ad...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/degrees-o...

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