For a few months now, several government ministers in the Singapore government have commented that the once-sacred university degree is no longer the key to a good life. No less than 3 different ministers had said so;
- National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said: “You own a degree, but so what? You can’t eat it. If that cannot give you a good life, a good job, it is meaningless.”
- Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said that a good qualification alone does not guarantee a career, let alone a job.
- Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said that soft skills, not a degree, are the most important thing for young people to learn.
I totally agree. With the massive influx of foreigners with degrees coming into Singapore, having Singaporeans getting degrees is no longer necessary for Singapore. However; good luck to the government trying to convince Singaporean parents of this!
Personally, I find it hilarious that our government is changing its stance on education. I mean this is the government that had for decades telling Singaporeans to study hard or lose out. Now suddenly, a degree is meaningless?
Hilarious! It’s hilarious because Singaporean parents are going to totally ignore it. I mean what happened to all the talk about this being “a competitive world” and “a degree is needed to get ahead”? You think Singaporean parents, who grew up on these slogans, are going to tell their kids education is not important? Good luck with that.