“No need degree”, but statistics show otherwise?
I refer to the article “Higher starting pay for university graduates, more in freelance work: Survey” (Straits Times, Feb 26).
It states that “But the proportion of graduates who secured full-time permanent employment fell from 79.9 per cent in 2016 to 78.4 per cent last year.”
In contrast, only 52.8 per cent of polytechnic fresh graduates had full-time permanent jobs” (Today news report, Jan 13).
Since the proportion (%) of ITE Higher Nitec graduates in full-time permanent employment was only 41.8 per cent in 2016 and for Nitec (Engineering) was only 33.6 per cent – how do we reconcile the consistent rhetoric of “no need degree” in the light of these apparently conflicting statistics?
Leong Sze Hian