EDUCATION is a continual process and is certainly a lifelong one. Thus, I applaud the Government for promoting lifelong learning among students and workers.

To move society forward, it is also crucial to go beyond qualifications in developing workers' skills ("More training and career pathways for ITE, poly grads"; Tuesday).

The Government is right not to place too much emphasis on paper qualifications.

Non-graduates in the workforce will be encouraged by the shift in recognising their work performance instead of academic qualifications.

Whichever career path is taken, the ultimate goal is to acquire higher skills, which, to quote Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, "translate into higher productivity and higher pay".

Perhaps it is also time to recognise the older workers who decide to pursue degrees later in life. They may have wanted to obtain higher qualifications in their earlier years, but were unable to do so because of financial constraints and family responsibilities.

Therefore, an incentive scheme to recognise their efforts at upgrading themselves could be introduced.

A committee could be set up to help employers in the public and private sectors look into this.

With the full support of their employers, workers could be encouraged to pursue their dreams.

I will turn 52 in two months' time but have decided to pursue a degree only now, because family and financial issues prevented me from doing so earlier in life. It is better late than never. I am doing it out of my passion for lifelong learning, to gain knowledge and expand my horizons in my field of interest.