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University degree 'not vital for success': Khaw Boon Wan

Getting good jobs after leaving school more important: Khaw

Published on May 5, 2013 8:44 AM
 
National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan (second from right) listening in as small groups of participants discuss the issue of owning and renting a flat in Singapore during an Our Singapore Conversation dialogue on housing held at the National Library Building on 25 April 2013. Singaporeans do not need to be university graduates to be successful, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday.-- ST FILE PHOTO: EDWARD TEO

Singaporeans do not need to be university graduates to be successful, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan yesterday.

What is more important is that they get good jobs after leaving school, Mr Khaw told some 160 students and young adults in an Our Singapore Conversation dialogue.

"If they cannot find jobs, what is the point? You own a degree, but so what? That you can't eat it. If that cannot give you a good life, a good job, it is meaningless," he added.

Mr Khaw was responding to a participant who said the Government should set aside more university places for Institute of Technical Education (ITE) and polytechnic graduates.

 
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