During national day rally 2011, our PM announced that the quota for undergraduates per cohort is to be raised to 30% in the next few years. This will definitely reduce the competition for limited university enrollment and fulfill the needs and aspirations for our future workforce.

However what kind of graduates will we be getting in the next decade? Is our education sufficient for them to face the onslaught of foreign talents and uncertain future? Are we going to produce highly educated factory workers or versatile citizens who can meet the challenges of our uncertain future?

I come across these two articles on the same theme yesterday and today and would like to share them quickly

Tried and tested cycle to produce efficient Factory workers

Untried and untested cycle to produce probably professionals that will survive the 21st century challenges

… the single most important idea for reform in K-12 education concerns a change in goal. The goal needs to shift from one of making a system that teaches children a curriculum more efficiently to one of making the system more effective by inspiring lifelong learning in students, so that they are able to have full and productive lives in a rapidly shifting economy.

– The Single Best Idea for Reforming K-12 Education

If you do a job where someone tells you exactly what to do, they will find someone cheaper than you to do it. And yet our schools are churning out kids who are stuck looking for jobs where the boss tells them exactly what to do.

– Back to (the wrong) school