Singapore’s PM Wants Fewer College Grads

Singapore’s PM Wants Fewer College Grads

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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s move reflects wider global trends.
Recently imposed restrictions on immigration and a slowdown in the country's economic growth have increased the need for more Singaporeans to take up jobs in the country's factories, shipyards and service industries that keep the Southeast Asian island metropolis humming.
This is not an easy sell in a country with one of the world's highest proportions of college-educated citizens, and where its leading politicians, including Cambridge-educated Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, all boast prestigious university degrees.
Nevertheless, in his May Day message to the nation, Lee called for "a fresh approach" to boost Singaporean productivity and help keep wages rising. His government wants a new scheme promoting vocational programs and apprenticeships to help funnel Singaporeans into the workforce, and away from possibly pursuing full university study.

 

Source: www.washingtonpost.com