I applaud the Civil Service's decision to end its longstanding practice of grouping its officers according to their education levels ("Civil Service ends grad, non-grad grouping; Jan 5).
The change has a more far-reaching effect in our society than just salary and career progression. These are just some that come to mind:
- It will change the perception that those who graduated from polytechnics and the Institute of Technical Education are "second-class" when compared to university graduates;
- It breaks down the mental barriers for our non-graduate males who wish to marry female graduates;
- It shows our society is fair and that opportunity is open to all.
Such a move to close the gap between graduates and non-graduates shows we have matured into a more inclusive society. Career progression based on one's abilities is definitely the way to go for Singapore if we wish to scale greater heights.
Roy Goh Hin Soon