DATA ON OUTSTANDING SKILL DEVELOPMENT LEVY COLLECTIONS OWED BY COMPANIES

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Education with regard to outstanding Skills Development Levy (SDL) collections owed by companies (a) what is the current breakdown by (i) number of public and private companies respectively and (ii) number of multinational corporations and small to medium-sized enterprises respectively; and (b) whether the companies in SDL arrearsContinue reading “DATA ON OUTSTANDING SKILL DEVELOPMENT LEVY COLLECTIONS OWED BY COMPANIES”

PLANS TO RECOVER POTENTIAL OVERPAYMENTS OF SKILLSFUTURE SINGAPORE AGENCY GRANTS FROM OUTSOURCED SERVICE PROVIDER

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Education regarding the Auditor-General’s Office Report for the financial year 2021/22, whether there are plans to (i) recover potential overpayments of SkillsFuture Singapore agency grants from its outsourced service provider (ii) replace the outsourced service provider with another and (iii) bring the grants management payments function in-house. MrContinue reading “PLANS TO RECOVER POTENTIAL OVERPAYMENTS OF SKILLSFUTURE SINGAPORE AGENCY GRANTS FROM OUTSOURCED SERVICE PROVIDER”

INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION AND REVIEW OF HIRING PRACTICES OF PROFESSORS AT AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITIES

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Education in light of SMU’s review of its vetting procedures on academic integrity, whether the Ministry will consider launching an independent investigation and review into the hiring practices of professors at the Autonomous Universities. Mr Chan Chun Sing: The Autonomous Universities (AUs) exercise due diligence in hiring and haveContinue reading “INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION AND REVIEW OF HIRING PRACTICES OF PROFESSORS AT AUTONOMOUS UNIVERSITIES”

CLASS SIZE OF STUDENTS ENROLLED IN TRANSITION SUPPORT FOR INTEGRATION PROGRAMME AND TEACHERS DEPLOYED PER CLASS

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Education in relation to the TRANsition Support for InTegration (TRANSIT) programme (a) what is the current average, lowest and highest class size of the students who are enrolled in this programme; and (b) how many teachers, excluding allied educators, are deployed to each class under this programme. Mr ChanContinue reading “CLASS SIZE OF STUDENTS ENROLLED IN TRANSITION SUPPORT FOR INTEGRATION PROGRAMME AND TEACHERS DEPLOYED PER CLASS”

MEASURES AND RESOURCES PUT IN PLACE TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AND STAFF AFTER ALLEGED MURDER IN RIVER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Education (a) whether the learning points and additional resources available to River Valley High School in the last year since the tragedy will be made available to other schools where necessary; and (b) what learning points or additional processes will be incorporated into the wider school and education systemContinue reading “MEASURES AND RESOURCES PUT IN PLACE TO SUPPORT STUDENTS AND STAFF AFTER ALLEGED MURDER IN RIVER VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL”

STEPS TO ENSURE OBJECTIVE, EVIDENCE-BASED AND NON-DISCRIMINATORY SEXUAL HEALTH AND SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS

Ms He Ting Ru asked the Minister for Education whether there are steps in place to ensure that sexual health and sexuality education in schools (i) address public concerns about the subject matters (ii) are based on the best available science and evidence (iii) have clear guidelines about educators sharing their personal and religious views and howContinue reading “STEPS TO ENSURE OBJECTIVE, EVIDENCE-BASED AND NON-DISCRIMINATORY SEXUAL HEALTH AND SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN SCHOOLS”

LEVELS OF CONFIDENTIALITY MAINTAINED BY SCHOOL COUNSELLORS FOR STUDENTS THEY COUNSEL

Mr Gerald Giam Yean Song asked the Minister for Education (a) what levels of confidentiality are school counsellors obliged to maintain vis-a-vis the students they counsel; (b) in what circumstances do counsellors inform the students’ teachers and/or parents about their findings during counselling sessions; (c) whether these sharings will have an impact on the students’ school-based leadershipContinue reading “LEVELS OF CONFIDENTIALITY MAINTAINED BY SCHOOL COUNSELLORS FOR STUDENTS THEY COUNSEL”

ACTIONS TAKEN BY SKILLSFUTURE SINGAPORE IN LIGHT OF LAPSES IN DISBURSEMENT OF GRANTS

Ms Sylvia Lim asked the Minister for Education with regard to the findings of the Auditor-General’s Report for FY 2021/22 (a) what remedial actions are being taken by SkillsFuture Singapore in light of frauds and lapses in the disbursement of grants; (b) how much has been defrauded or overpaid since the inception of SkillsFuture; (c) how muchContinue reading “ACTIONS TAKEN BY SKILLSFUTURE SINGAPORE IN LIGHT OF LAPSES IN DISBURSEMENT OF GRANTS”

LOCAL RESEARCHERS AND EXPERTS EMPLOYED BY NUS INFANT AND CHILD LANGUAGE CENTRE TO CONDUCT R&D PROGRAMMES FOR MALAY AND TAMIL LANGUAGES

Mr Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap asked the Minister for Education (a) how many local researchers and experts are employed or hired by NUS Infant and Child Language Centre to conduct research and development programmes for Malay and Tamil languages; (b) whether the Centre will recruit locals as part of the plan to expand and enhance itsContinue reading “LOCAL RESEARCHERS AND EXPERTS EMPLOYED BY NUS INFANT AND CHILD LANGUAGE CENTRE TO CONDUCT R&D PROGRAMMES FOR MALAY AND TAMIL LANGUAGES”

FLEXIBILITY OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO STAGGER START AND END TIMES OF DIFFERENT COHORTS

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Education whether primary and secondary schools currently have the flexibility to stagger school start and end times for different cohorts within the school. Mr Chan Chun Sing: Primary and secondary schools have the autonomy to stagger school start and end times for different cohorts within the school, based onContinue reading “FLEXIBILITY OF PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS TO STAGGER START AND END TIMES OF DIFFERENT COHORTS”