Is the A level certificate worthless?

By January 12, 2018Current

TL;DR – Then again, how do we measure worth?

A tweet by Audi Khalid was found circulating on Twitter with over 2,000 retweets. To be honest, I’m not exactly sure about the context of his tweet but it definitely got my attention.

The thing about Twitter is that not everybody has to agree.

Is it just me or does it look like the tables have turned and it appears that ITE and polytechnic students and graduates are now the ones looking down on their Junior College counterparts? If you ask me, while big brother has been trying to propagate about the importance of work experience and skills over academic qualifications, I am pretty sure that this ain’t the plot twist they were after.

As mentioned by one of the comments, it’s true enough  that an A level certificate itself will not land you a good job immediately but given that more A level graduates (as compared to polytechnic and ITE graduates) make it through the doors of our local universities, I would think that the certificate does have its own value and that it hence doesn’t have any less worth. Opportunity is value. Potential is also value.

Guess what I’m simply saying is that each path has its own benefits depending on your career choice. It might be a hard truth but statistics have also shown that university graduates often have higher starting salaries as compared to diploma holders. However, that also means that university graduates would have to invest another 3 to 4 years in their education while a diploma holder would have earned 3 to 4 years of working experience meanwhile.

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So I guess every school is a good school after all?

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  • The A Level Cert has always been a stepping stone to universities. Even back in the 90s if you have an A level cert you can’t earn more than a poly graduate. But back then students aspiring to go universities will always want to go through the JC route as they have a higher chance to get a place in universities.
    The current education landscape in Singapore has changed quite a bit. Now many poly graduates can choose to further their studies in universities. There are also many private universities for students to choose from. Students can even opt to work for a few years then go back to pursue a degree.
    I would think that students now have lots of choices so the prestige (perceived or real depends on the individual) of A Levels and JC is somewhat diminished.

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