MOE Minister Ong’s gibberish in Parliament, WP asking the wrong question

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?

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6 Responses to MOE Minister Ong’s gibberish in Parliament, WP asking the wrong question

  1. sgplblog says:

    If you had even botherd to do a simple google search, you could have found out that the foregin student percentage at NUS is 22% hardly some super high number.
    https://www.topuniversities.com/universities/national-university-singapore-nus#wur
    Seriously the anti-foreginer sentiment you express on this blog is kind of silly

    • Sinkie says:

      Sure anybody can google. But we want to hear from horse’s mouth. Make it official and record in Hansard. Yes 22% is not big if vast majority of them are paying their own way with full fees, just like Sinkies in foreign Unis. But almost all of them are on MOE/EDB/MTI govt grant. And they are asked, nay demanded, to stay on in SG to work. If Unis in US, UK, Oz, etc allocate 22% of their places to SG students with 80% tuition grants and mandated to remain there to work, then I don’t think any Sinkie will complain. Hell, the current crop of Sinkie students in local Unis & Polys will drop out & fly straight over to US, UK, Oz, etc if that was to happen. Which is what is happening for China Uni students — I have many cases where even China Uni medical students dropped out to come to study in Polys here — yup, not even Uni. When I asked them why, they said becoz of 3 things: SG brand name, tuition fees/living allowances covered by SG govt, allowed to work in SG after graduation & assured of govt help in securing jobs.

    • Phillip Ang says:

      There is some discrepancy between the website statistics and NUS 2015/2016 AR. If the figures are provided by NUS, then PRs have not been included. PRs are foreigners.
      If the government has nothing to hide, why conceal statistics which should have been in the public domain?

  2. Confused says:

    “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?”

    The above para answered Daniel ‘ s question.

    This is a ready made solution to fill up the whatever vacancies the Us may have. As soon as more are on board, all will become natural resources of its kind of singapore by producing tax $$$$$ day in day out until the day you bid farewell.

  3. Boon Keng says:

    Singaporeans are indirectly sponsoring employers here to get cheap supply of graduate foreigners by subsidizing their studies through grant with condition for them to labour here after graduation. The ultimate beneficiary is the employer here, not the commoners who have to compete with these cheap labour.

    • Phillip Ang says:

      The biggest employer of foreign workers is GLCs and everything PAP does is for the benefit of elites. They may wayang a bit here and there to show concern but nothing meaningful will come about. It’s quite a sad situation when Singaporeans are highly educated but do not realise they are helping PAP dig our graves.

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