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Another set of figures on university enrolment?

Posted by theonlinecitizen on August 20, 2007

By Leong Sze Hian

During his National Day Rally speech on Sunday, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong outlined his government’s intention to build a 4th University to cater to more Singaporean students.

The PM said the objective is to allow 30 percent of each cohort to get into publicly-funded universities by 2015, compared to 23 percent today.

At the last Parliamentary session, Minister-of-State for Education, Mr
Gan Kim Yong was reported by the Straits Times (20 July, 2007) as saying that:

“For local students, places were offered to 14,781, or 51 per
cent, of those who applied”. (Straits Times, 20 July)

So, is it 23 per cent or 51 per cent?

Why do the numbers keep changing?

Read also: University places : Numbers don’t add up

And: MOE’s reply – numbers still don’t add up


7 Responses to “Another set of figures on university enrolment?”

  1. biao said

    The number who applied for Uni (numbers mainly from JC and poly) is likely not to be a whole cohort.

  2. Anakin said

    it is because the Speaker of Parliament do not mind thus reporting wrong figures is fine. The respect of the institutions of the state has gone down the drain.

  3. Iahur said

    Biao is right.

    23% is based on the entire cohort, i.e. those who enter the (formal) education system every year. A big proportion of the cohort will not be applying for university (since they did not make it past JCs or Polys). I thought it was quite clear.

  4. LifesLikeThat said

    It does seem clear – at first glance. But if you look at the previous two articles on Minister Gan’s numbers, it is very confusing. So, I am not sure which number is right or accurate.

    Why can’t they just tell us how many SINGAPOREAN students are admitted to our university places?

    Why did Mr Gan not give the admission figure instead of the “offered” figure?

    What is there to hide?

  5. RaymondChua said

    LifesLikeThat , this is called beating around the bush because they cannot afford to tell you straight in your face that Singaporean has been marginalised. So they will taiJi around this issue until you forget about it.

  6. Reply to Metaphorical (

    *Comments deleted by moderator.

    *To Robert Teh: Please do not cut and paste your replies which you have posted elsewhere. Your reply here (which was a long one) is addressed to “Metaphorical”. I do not see anyone by that nickname here. Also, your reply is deleted because it has nothing to do with the issue of university figures – which is the gist of the article above. Your reply has to do with HDB and housing cost. Please do not post unrelated replies. Else, you will be blocked from posting in future. Thanks.

  7. Sg Punk said

    yea , probably less people applied than the whole cohort. so that number may not be inaccurate.

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