As Singapore shifts its economic focus from industrialization to a knowledge-based economy, gaining academic qualifications becomes increasingly important. Knowledge is now recognized as a key driver for productivity and economic growth.
As a result, it is increasingly common to see students in Singapore take private degree courses to improve their competitiveness in the field of play. The Institute of Technical Education (ITE) has begun offering bridging diploma programs and the Polytechnic has similarly begun offering bridging degree programs only to ensure their students get an edge in society as far as academic qualifications are concerned.
With the growth of China and India, coupled with the influx of strong foreign talents in Singapore, it is increasingly competitive to find good jobs in Singapore. Employers generally prefer to employ such foreign talent because they demand lower salaries, are equally qualified, and are not inferior to Singaporeans in terms of work productivity. Therefore, if Singaporeans do not increase their excellence in terms of academic qualifications and work productivity, they will be inferior to these foreign talents. This highlights the importance of education in Singapore.
The best way to pave the way for good education in Singapore is to start young. Middle school students in particular should not take education for granted. Secondary school education is important because it builds a strong foundation for further study, be it in polytechnics or at universities. Middle school students who take their studies for granted and drop out of school will find themselves very disadvantaged. Armed with the highest PSLE qualifications, they will practically not be able to get any job in Singapore. Tiring jobs such as sweeping plantations will be given to foreign workers because of low wage demands. Therefore, if students at the secondary level do not appreciate the importance of education in Singapore, they will be in a very disadvantageous position.
Schools throughout Singapore are doing their best to revise their teaching methods and syllabus to ensure that their students get the most out of the Singapore education system. Schools have encouraged their students to think outside the box, encourage problem-based solving and creative thinking. Instilling these skills from a young age will give students a comparative advantage over their peers as they grow up.
Therefore, never underestimate the importance of education in Singapore. As a middle school student, one must try their best to excel at level O so that more choices await waiting for further study.