PSC scholars should take courses relevant to S'pore

Scholarship recipients at the 2019 PSC Scholarships Award Ceremony on July 17, 2019.
Scholarship recipients at the 2019 PSC Scholarships Award Ceremony on July 17, 2019.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

I am baffled as to why a Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarship holder who studied philosophy as an undergraduate was allowed to pursue a master's degree in Buddhist studies (Once homeless PSC scholar headed to Oxford, July 18).

Buddhism is considered a religion by the majority of the public, but any course selected by a scholar should preferably be secular. Courses paid with scholarships funded by the public must be relevant to Singapore's economy and development.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, when he spoke at the PSC (Open) Scholarship presentation ceremony on July 22, 2000, said: "We should help every Singaporean to realise his full potential but the Government should not use public funds for an individual's self-enrichment.

"They should be used only for national interests. Hence, the Government will continue to give only scholarships for courses of study in areas where the State thinks it needs talent and expertise."

Cheng Choon Fei

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 22, 2019, with the headline 'PSC scholars should take courses relevant to S'pore'. Print Edition | Subscribe