Allow university education for all

I disagree with Ms Maria Loh Mun Foong that we should limit the number of people who are allowed to pursue a degree (A limit to how many undergraduates can be subsidised; May 16).

Every person who proves himself capable of coping with the rigours of a university education should be given a chance if he wants it.

Taxes should be used to improve the life of citizens and not treated as funds for investment where returns are the top priority.

The situation in China and South Korea, where many graduates are unable to find a job that matches their education level, is indeed worrying.

However, we must remember that Singapore is moving towards being a knowledge-based economy, where many knowledgeable and skilled workers would be needed to fuel the future economy.

For this to happen, those who can cut it should be given the opportunity to go to a university.

Every person who proves himself capable of coping with the rigours of a university education should be given a chance if he wants it.

We must be far-sighted and prepare ourselves adequately for the future, so that everyone can thrive in it when the time comes.

Quek Wei Kang

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 19, 2017, with the headline 'Allow university education for all'. Print Edition | Subscribe