Come here: http://www.moe.gov.sg/esd/Default.htm and read the various statistics for yourself:
Intake to universities for past 25 years:
1980: 3002 students
1990: 6928 students
1996: 8929 students
2000: 11232 students
2005: 12508 students = 23%
Since 12508 students is 23% of the cohort, by proportion, we can compute that 3002 is less than 5% and 6928 is about 10% (since the size of the cohort was larger back then).
So, barely 15 years ago, in 1990 - for those people currently in their late 30s - only about 1 in 10 was allowed to go university. What is going to happen to them when they hit 40 in a few years time? Structural unemployment! (Remember: washing test-tubes alone require bachelor degree).
In fact, they will be very hard hit, because they will be competing with those new graduates entering university right now, and right now, 2 in 10 can enter government-subsidised university, while another 1-2 fork out their own money and do it long distance.
But they are still "lucky".
Back in 1980, for every 10 persons you pick at random, only half of 1 person (yeah, not even 1 whole person) had a degree. These people, now in their late 40s, are "shaking legs" at home - retrenched!
In 25 years, we increased the number of graduates by four times!! Tell me, can the numberr of intellligent people in a population increase by 4 times in 25 years?
Therefore, there is hardly any educational basis to our university admission criteria.
How many can go in, how many cannot, all depend upon how many people the Matrix Master arbitrarily allows based on his wrong prediction at that time.
For 40 years, higher education has been suppressed and limited to the minimum number of people the Matrix Master thought the economy needed, the goal being to minimize the number of minds liberated, so as to maintain political control.
Your academic (and hence financial) future is determined not so much by your academic result, but by an artifically pre-determined percentage. This percentage has somewhat loosen up in recent years, but don't be fooled; The Matrix Masters has simply re-calculated and now predicted that we need more university graduates, so more are now allowed to go from poly to University. It's still the same-old same-old: arbitary admissioin criteria not based on educational principle.
And if you think such nonsense is only at the university level. I will administer you another red pill: it exist at all levels - A-level, O-level, N-level, PSLE!
You can study very hard, but if you have been designated - at the tender age of 9 years old - to become a factory worker when you turned 16, that's it. You will be one. The intended inflexibility of the various educational stream will ensure that.
That was in the past. Now, the administration has become, hmm, shall we call it, more sophisticated.
In the past, after the Matrix Master had decided that X% would become cheap labour, Agent Smith aka MOE would simply dump X% at PSLE into the normal stream. Quick and simple! But, tsk tsk, unhappy human batteries complained: educational system too inflexible, want to migrate.
No problem! Agent Smith is adaptable:
Latest forcast predicts that we now need only 0.6*X% to become cheap labour. But nope, let's not put 0.6*X% in the normal stream. Let's still put the same X% in normal stream! Then, let's fine tune the N-to-O level admission criteria, such that after the N-level exam, 40% of them are allowed proceed up to O-level. Done! We will get back the same figure: X - 0.4X = 0.6*X%. Wiow, back to square one, but you know what, human batteries are now all so happy that our educational system has become flexible!
And that's what we pay hundreds of thousands per year to elite admin officers to come up with!
And those who got into normal stream studied soooo hard, day and night, night and day. And when they finally get promoted to O-level, they were so happy. But they didn't know - they would have gotten into O-level directly if not for the blue-pill wayang!
Maybe they also didn't know: in other developed countries, everyone gets to do the equivalence of O-level, with no streaming, no inferiority complex, no elite-peasant divide!
"Human resource is our only resource. We will develop you to your greatest potential"!
*Palm to Face*
Until now, you, my fellow human batteries, have still not gotten it:
You are not a human resource.
You are a human battery!!!
An energy source for the Matrix Masters!!