I share the views of managing editor Han Fook Kwang ("Should scholarships go to wealthy kids?"; last Sunday). A student from a low-income family is definitely more deserving of a scholarship than one from a high-income family.
Funding university education is a struggle for many middle-income families, let alone low-income families. I know of families that cannot even afford the monthly school fees in government-aided schools, not to mention university fees.
I also know of others who apply for scholarships not because they cannot afford tertiary education, but because snagging one boosts their self-esteem. Perhaps the Public Service Commission could reveal the percentage of its scholarship holders who are from needy families? Then the public can judge whether most of the scholarships are offered to deserving students.
In encouraging diversity, the public service needs to have a good balance of people from all socio-economic classes. Only then can they contribute to society by drawing from their life experiences.
Vivien Tan (Ms)
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