PSC scholarships: Social mobility not the aim

PSC scholarships: Social mobility not the aim

The selection of scholarship recipients should not be linked to their backgrounds - family wealth, school or social class ("Should scholarships go to wealthy kids?"; last Sunday).

Selection should be based solely on their character, ability and passion to serve the public. Factoring in social mobility in the selection process would deprive the public service of top talent. It is not true that all bright but not-so-well-to-do students want to serve the public and forgo chances of getting rich fast in the private sector.

A Public Service Commission (PSC) scholarship is not a tool to ensure social mobility. It is to draw top talent to improve the public service. While there are no lack of PSC scholarship applicants today, talented students have other scholarships to choose from. So why push them elsewhere?

Tim Bok

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