Obtaining a degree or diploma from universities and polytechnics respectively in Singapore should remain affordable ("Getting a degree in Singapore set to become costlier: Study"; last Monday).
More can be done in terms of assisting students who have difficulty paying their tuition fees.
Singaporean students should get priority over foreign students when applying for scholarships, bursaries and subsidies for further education.
The Government should work closely with the local educational institutes to find ways to provide better assistance to students, in terms of joint scholarship ventures or financial schemes.
Another option is to increase the top-ups in the Post-Secondary Education Account to help relieve some of the financial burden on students and their families.
It is important for the Government to provide help for students who wish to pursue their passion and interests in their chosen field of study.
The rising university fees are inevitable, but more local undergraduates should benefit from scholarships and bursary programmes.
This will in turn motivate local students to contribute their skills and innovations to their field of interest upon their graduation, which will help build a more vibrant and robust society.
Darren Chan Keng Leong