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WILL SINGAPOREAN DEGREE HOLDERS BECOME MAIDS OVERSEAS ONE DAY?

Many Singaporeans are aware that many of our Filipino helpers are degree holders in their own country. These well educated filipino helpers are willing to work as maids to escape poverty back home. Although their wages in Singapore may be deemed low, they can still manage to send money home to their families. With close to 40% of future cohorts coming out as fresh university graduates each year and competition from influx of foreign talents in Singapore, has it ever occurred to you that our degree holders may one day have to work overseas as maids if they can’t find and keep good jobs?

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ZENON: “FOREIGN DEGREES ARE GOLD WHILE LOCAL ONES ARE TRASH”

Plus I really do "like" how when students apply for local universities, they don't get what they want. Everyone seems to have stellar grades nowadays and there really is an issue of grade inflation. Often, a potential candidate is missed out simply because of "limited spaces". The candidates that are chosen are based on the shallow criteria of having good grades rather than passion. "Good" grades nowadays are nothing less than perfection. Schools are definitely sending out the message that "If you aren't perfect, don't bother applying."

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Confessions of a female SMU student

I just had a big shock recently. Several of my friends, whom i had known for over a year, revealed to me that the only reason they hung out with me in the first place was because they were hoping to use me to help them get a dream job with a bank (my father is pretty high up in one of the major banks). When i didnt pull strings with my father to help them out, they started looking elsewhere and apparently found someone else who was willing to help them (i don't know any details about who or what exactly). Now that my usefulness to them has run out (their own words), they don't see any point in pretending to be friends with me anymore and have cut off contact with me completely. Now everytime they see me on campus, they just pretend to be complete strangers, when previously we met each other almost everyday for meals, to study or just to hang out.

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UNIVERSITIES, POLYS, ITEs RAISE FEES AGAIN

Local students entering the polytechnics this year will pay $2,400 in tuition fees, up from the $2,300 their seniors paid. Permanent residents will pay $200 more, and foreign students $350 more, compared with last year. At ITE, the fee hike affects only the incoming Higher Nitec students, who will have to pay about 2 per cent to 2.5 per cent more, with local students paying $14 more. Course fees for Nitec programmes remain unchanged. Tuition fees for male students who applied for places before national service will be pegged to their date of application.

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Good Grades Not The Only Ticket To University

The flexibility of the selection process in SIM University (UniSIM) is constructive, and echoes the admission components of the newer universities (More Than Good Grades Needed For A Place At UniSIM, Jan. 6). It recognises that examination results per se do not necessarily reflect a student’s true quality and potential. While one might not be too enthusiastic about UniSIM’s “five Cs” model, for assessors run the risk of pigeon-holing applicants, the school’s four-step model does go beyond the traditional focus on grades.

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