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Parliament: More paths must be opened for ITE, poly grads, says Indranee

It won't be for the best if every one of them rushes to get a degree

Published on May 27, 2014 8:32 AM
Students at ITE College Central in Ang Mo Kio. A survey found almost six in 10 ITE students and four in 10 polytechnic students want to get their next qualification right after graduating even though they can be employed. They are worried that if they do not do so straight away, they will lose their chance. -- ST FILE PHOTO

While it is important to help polytechnic and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) graduates fulfil their ambitions to get higher qualifications, degrees alone cannot promise job security, Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah said yesterday.

She was updating the House on findings by a committee tasked with studying how best to help these students with their education and future careers.

She made it clear that it would not be for the best if every one of these students were to rush headlong into a degree upon graduation.

The Government wants to get around this conundrum by opening more paths for these graduates to embark upon, so they can choose what is best for them at any point in time.

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What we should aim for is a multiplicity of pathways that are viable options in and of themselves.

- Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah