09 Nov '11, 5am

Should Singaporeans be granted subsidies to pursue degrees at private schools?: Voices

MANY Singaporeans aspire to get a university degree but our three publicly-funded universities cannot cope with the demand and have to turn away quite a few. This year, about 12,000 citizens gained admission, representing a 26 per cent cohort participation rate. The number of permanent resident students has probably increased over the years, mirroring the faster growth of the permanent resident population compared to the citizen population. There was one permanent resident for every 12 citizens in the 20 to 24-year-old age group in 2000; there was one permanent resident for every 10 citizens in the same age group last year. About 18 per cent of the new students this year are foreigners. They supposedly add diversity to the classroom and supplement the labour force when they graduate and work in Singapore. Another 2,000 places will be added to our publicly-funded universiti...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/Voices/EDC111109-0000019/Subsi...

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