In a Parliamentary reply to NCMP Daniel Goh on “how the planned reduction in the number of junior colleges (JCs) will affect the supply of A-level holders to universities“, Minister Ong Ye Kung gave another half-past-six answer.
In fact, Minister Ong did not answer the question and said: “Expanding our higher education pathways is not incompatible with decreasing cohort sizes. In fact, as our manpower and talent base reduces, it is even more important to uncover everyone’s potential to the fullest through more diverse education pathways.”
This got Ahmads and Ah Bengs asking WTF is this million-dollar minister talking about. 😦
NCMP Goh has also asked the wrong question because what Singaporeans want to know is the number of citizens enrolling at local unis after PAP has reduced the number of JCs. PAP has been concealing statistics which will expose its incompetence and statistics are what we need. We don’t need any more WTF statements from half past six politicians like Ong and his ilk.
When JCs were constructed, the government did not factor in mergers and therefore enrollment figures at unis will decrease significantly.
To reiterate to the WP, Singaporeans are concerned about a large percentage/number of uni places – unis funded by taxpayers – being reserved for foreigners at our children’s expense. PAP has even stuck spurs into our children’s hide by awarding a disproportionate amount in grants and scholarships to foreigners. Is this acceptable?
Unis do keep track of student statistics, for example:
According to the NUS 2016 Annual Report, there are more than 26,000 undergraduates ….
… and even a breakdown of student enrollment.
If NUS or other unis dare claim that they do not have the statistics on foreign undergraduates, they must be either sleeping on the job or lying. How could any public learning institution not have enrollment figures for foreigners?
Assuming idiots are running NUS or other unis and do not have the figures, what about ICA? Is there no government agency keeping track on what foreigners are doing in our country?
Since the government clearly has the statistics, why has it repeatedly refused to be transparent? Is PAP afraid there will be public backlash if full statistics on foreign students are disclosed?