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Government to start regulating ride-hailing services like Grab and Go-Jek in 2020, from licenses to fares

The government will start regulating ride-hailing apps under the new P2P Passenger Transport Bill that was passed just yesterday (6 August). Senior Minister of State for Transport Dr Janil Puthucheary announced in Parliament just before the bill was passed that the 45,000 vehicles under ride hailing apps such as Go-Jek, Grab and Ryde will eventually come under the new regulatory …

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How much Singapore spends on scholarships for foreign students compared to other countries?

We recently wrote about the government spending approximately S$238 million on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students attending schools and autonomous universities in Singapore. Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung said in Parliament that of the S$238 million, about S$130 million is spent on scholarships for foreign students in schools and autonomous universities while another S$108 million is spent on tuition …

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MOE says 1.8% of budget spent on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students – that’s about 9% of what is spent on universities

Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung said in Parliament (5 August) that the government spent about $238 million in scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students. The Education Minister revealed that of the S$238 million, the government spends about $130 million on scholarships and about S$108 million on tuition grants for foreign students. In his replies to questions from Workers’ …

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Education Minister Ong Ye Kung says international students do not deprive local students of spots in autonomous uni – Really?

In response to a question about government spending on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students, Minister of Education Mr Ong Ye Kung said, “The core objective of our education system is to serve the needs of Singaporeans and no Singaporean is ever displaced from an institute of Higher Learning (IHL) because of international students.” However, using the National University …

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Some funding for international students is justified, but $238 million is on the ‘high side’, says MP Leon Perera

The government spends about $238 million on scholarships and tuition grants for foreign students in schools and autonomous universities, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung in Parliament yesterday (5 August). He was responding to questions from WP MP Leon Perera who asked for exact figures on this particular spending. Mr Perera had in fact questioned the minister on this same …

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The exclusion of runner Soh Rui Yong from 2019 SEA Games disrupts Singapore’s beloved ideology of meritocracy

Meritocracy remains a key principle for recognising individuals in Singapore despite weakening faith in the ideology, says Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung, stressing that although meritocracy is ‘under siege’, it has yet to fail. In recent years, the idea of meritocracy and its effectiveness has been debated due to its association with elitism, adding to the discussions around the …

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Singaporeans are embracing racial diversity but minorities still face workplace discrimination – IPS report

Singapore is faring well when it comes to inter-racial and inter-religious relations, according to a study of race, religion and language by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) and racial harmony advocacy group, OnePeople.sg but there is an increase in perceived discrimination in the workplace. Over 4,000 Singaporeans and Permanent Residents were surveyed on issues such as racial and religious …

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