Monday, May 02, 2011

Remembrancing about the failures of our education policy on imports

As part of a remembrance against a troll
[not sure if it will end up being posted in the comments section. ask YB].

From my understanding during my time in poly and Uni (1998-2005)

A Malaysian friend who studied in poly.
Paid about the same level of school fees.
Officially the fees were around? 5-6k a year. After education subsidies, came down to about 1.2k or so a year.

I did not ask, but as he had signed the typical MOE bond to work 3 years in Singapore [or with a Singapore company], I was given the understanding that he did not pay that different the final amount on a per year basis.

Forward 3 years. He graduated. He worked a while. He then decided to further his studies in the UK. Forward another 5-6 years. He graduated the UK with a Masters. He came back to SG. Tried to find a job. For whatever reasons, he couldn't get employed [failing economy? lack of work experience? whatever].

He went back to Malaysia.

As far as I know, he served perhaps 1 year out of his 3 year bond at best. So what did Singapore benefit out of subsidizing his way in Poly?

Another friend in University
Also, another 3 year study bond unfinished. As far as I last new, he is enjoying working life in the Caribbean [tax reasons?!]

Brilliant person, fun to be with. Yes, his existence in school did improve our perspectives on things in this world. Yet, again, our MOE subsidy seems to not have benefited the Singapore economy.


Yes. there are many who do complete their 3 year working bonds, pay their 'taxes' [GST!] and perhaps choose to continue working here. However, at the core level, they have chosen to leave their home country to come to Singapore to study because the prospects here are better. When the prospects elsewhere are better than SG, having already left one country, what's to stop them from contemplating leaving for another?

World travelers they be. World travelers our own Singaporean graduates also are. Yet, we are tied by blood and and by soil. We drink our Newater and never complain about it, understanding the strategic need to not be at another's whims.

The point of all the above is - these foreign imports did take the place a Singaporean might have benefited from; and if they, for various reasons, did not complete their part of their bargain, does it not then require some rethinking on our end in this aspect of education policy?