PSC seeks more diversity in scholarships
The chairman of the Public Service Commission has written a public letter to highlight the value of diversity in the public service and set out how the PSC seeks diversity by selecting scholarship holders from a variety of schools and backgrounds, and sending them to study different courses in different countries.
In the open letter published on the PSC's website, Mr Eddie Teo said that the PSC will continue to reach out to students from different schools and backgrounds and guard against elitism.
He said that the PSC will continue to guard against elitism by having scholars from different socio-economic backgrounds as "a public service comprising only the privileged and upper classes will add to the impression that meritocracy leads to a lack of social mobility in Singapore".
Using the schools students are from as a proxy for socio-economic class, Mr Teo said some 60 per cent of scholarship holders are from Raffles Institution and Hwa Chong but that students from junior colleges such as Pioneer, St Andrew's and Nanyang are also starting to receive scholarships.