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S’poreans agree ‘graduate glut’ problem as serious as having too many paper generals in military

Posted on 09 March 2014

They are the same kind of problem, locals say.


Singapore producing too many graduates who can’t find enough good jobs will create a “graduate glut” problem, Acting Manpower Minister Tan Chuan-Jin said in Parliament on March 7 during the Committee of Supply debate.

Singaporeans, by and large, agree that this issue is a problem, but also say that they know that it already exists and have deep roots.

This is so as Singaporeans with too high paper qualifications are already getting promoted to many high positions and collect a lot of salary every month, even though those with paper qualifications actually do things that don’t require a lot of skill.

One Singaporean, Kee Zho Peng, said: “I think SAF got a lot of Brigadier-General and Rear-Admiral all like that. Paper general nia.”

“Then later enter politics.”

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