Public service

RI Public Service Commission Hwa Chong Scholars Ratio Declining Over Past 3 Years: Chan Chun Sing

SINGAPORE – The percentage of Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarships awarded to students at Raffles Institution (RI) and Hwa Chong Institution has fallen over the past three years, with the two schools receiving less than half of the total number of scholarships awarded on average between 2019 and 2021.

This figure is down from more than 60% between 2012 and 2018, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Wednesday (January 12th).

Over the same 10-year period, the proportion of PSC scholarships awarded to students at other junior colleges – as well as those in the integrated program or specialist schools – has increased from a five-year average of 32% between 2012 and 2016 at 37% over the last five years.

“More polytechnic students have been rewarded – from 1-5% to 6-10% in recent years,” Chan said in response to parliamentary questions from opposition MP Leon Perera.

Mr. Perera, a Workers’ Party MP for the Aljunied Group Representation Constituency, had asked the Prime Minister about the annual proportion of scholarship recipients from RI PSC and Hwa Chong Institution as well as those from other junior colleges, polytechnics and institutes of higher education. This is in addition to the distribution of these students by type of accommodation.

Mr. Perera also asked about the measures in place for the recruitment of PSC scholars from “more diverse schools” and the effectiveness of these measures.

In his response on behalf of the prime minister, Mr Chan – who is the minister responsible for the civil service – stressed that PSC scholarships are awarded on merit and that the government is looking for “suitable candidates regardless of background”.

“PSC scholars over the past 10 years come from a variety of educational institutions,” he said.

He noted that the PSC has “deliberately expanded its outreach efforts to diversify the scholarship pipeline” over the past 10 years.

For example, it has partnered with community self-help groups as well as the 28 pre-university institutions to proactively identify and encourage outstanding Singaporean students with the right characteristics to apply for a PSC scholarship.

“Special attention is given to engaging students from more modest backgrounds and institutions that traditionally have fewer PSC scholars,” Chan said.

For students who demonstrate potential in later life, PSC has also partnered with universities here to encourage Singaporean undergraduates already enrolled to consider careers in public service through a mid-term scholarship. session or master’s degree.

Regarding the housing history of PSC scholars, Chan said the proportion residing in public housing has ranged between 39 and 54 percent over the past 10 years.

“The CPS will continue to monitor the effectiveness of its strategies to identify and develop a corps of leaders and public service officers from diverse backgrounds with diverse experiences and a common heart to serve Singapore and Singaporeans,” a- he added.