A PM without a degree? Possible, says Ong Ye Kung

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung says Singapore's compass for the education system points towards two things: preparing the young for the future, and ensuring that education continues to be an uplifting and integrating force in society.
Mr Ong with pupils from CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace at the launch of a Clean and Green campaign in 2015. Mr Ong Ye Kung outside his former three-room flat in Beo Crescent. If academic excellence and going to university remains the only pathway to su
Mr Ong Ye Kung outside his former threeroom flat in Beo Crescent. If academic excellence and going to university remains the only pathway to success, Singaporeans will end up artificially narrowing themselves, says the Education Minister. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Mr Ong with pupils from CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace at the launch of a Clean and Green campaign in 2015. Mr Ong Ye Kung outside his former three-room flat in Beo Crescent. If academic excellence and going to university remains the only pathway to su
Mr Ong showing Madam Tan Mui Kia (left) and Mr Ng Joo Heng a photo of himself outside the flat in Beo Crescent where he lived till Primary 2, when his family moved to another three-room flat in Toa Payoh. The two retirees moved into the flat in the 1990s. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO
Mr Ong with pupils from CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace at the launch of a Clean and Green campaign in 2015.
Mr Ong with pupils from CHIJ Our Lady Queen of Peace at the launch of a Clean and Green campaign in 2015. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/ONG YE KUNG

Singapore recently saw a major Cabinet reshuffle, during which fourth-generation ministers stepped up to key positions. These younger leaders will also feature prominently in the new Parliament session. In the second of a series of interviews, The Straits Times speaks to Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, who says a prime minister without a degree can happen not too far off in the future as there's nothing inherent in a minister's job that requires a degree.

One day, not too far off in the future, Singapore can have a prime minister who does not have a university degree.

That is Education Minister Ong Ye Kung's quietly confident prediction.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 06, 2018, with the headline 'A PM without a degree? Possible, says Ong Ye Kung'. Print Edition | Subscribe