Post-secondary schools still resistant to hiring seniors

I applaud the Ministry of Manpower's efforts to help seniors to find and keep jobs.

Regrettably, some sectors, such as post-secondary institutions, are still not receptive to engaging well-qualified and experienced seniors as potential educators.

It is unfortunate that our current employment landscape categorises seniors as being "eligible" only for small roles, regardless of their work experience or educational qualifications.

There are older people who are adept at IT and have a broad knowledge of international business climates.

But they are not given an opportunity to obtain a job in the education sector.

It is a waste that such people, who once held positions in reputable firms, and are currently displaced from the workforce, are not considered for management roles or even educator roles, where they can impart skills to students in post-secondary institutions.

Despite our desire to emulate Confucius or Lao Tzu in our mindsets, age still seems to be the stumbling block.

It appears that so long as a person reaches the late 40s to mid-50s age bracket, he is deemed "unqualified" for work as an educator because he has, unfortunately, grown old.

I sincerely hope that the Ministry of Education can review its hiring policy to enable and empower these seniors to find jobs in the education sector.

Juliana Ang Hiok Lian (Ms)

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 20, 2017, with the headline 'Post-secondary schools still resistant to hiring seniors'. Print Edition | Subscribe