INDICATORS USED TO MEASURE IMPACT OF PRODUCTIVITY GRANTS ON SMES

The following question stood in the name of Mr Leon Perera – 13 To ask the Minister for Trade and Industry (a) what are the indicators used by the Government to measure the impact of grants such as the Productivity Solutions Grant on the firm-level productivity of SMEs and micro-SMEs that have taken up such grants;Continue reading “INDICATORS USED TO MEASURE IMPACT OF PRODUCTIVITY GRANTS ON SMES”

LOW TAKE-UP RATE FOR CLIMATE-FRIENDLY HOUSEHOLDS PROGRAMME

The following question stood in the name of Mr Leon Perera – 16 To ask the Minister for Sustainability and the Environment (a) whether the Ministry will consider increasing the value of the $150 Climate-Friendly Households Programme e-voucher for energy-efficient refrigerators given the significantly higher cost of a three-tick refrigerator; and (b) whether the Ministry will considerContinue reading “LOW TAKE-UP RATE FOR CLIMATE-FRIENDLY HOUSEHOLDS PROGRAMME”

EASE OF APPLICATION FOR OVERSEAS NETWORKS AND EXPERTISE PASS COMPARED WITH THAT FOR PERSONALISED EMPLOYMENT PASS

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Manpower (a) for the purposes of signalling the desirability of Singapore as a base for top professionals, whether the application for the Overseas Networks and Expertise Pass is made relatively easier when compared to the existing Personalised Employment Pass; and (b) if so, whether there is any intent toContinue reading “EASE OF APPLICATION FOR OVERSEAS NETWORKS AND EXPERTISE PASS COMPARED WITH THAT FOR PERSONALISED EMPLOYMENT PASS”

PROPORTION OF TIME THAT TEACHERS ALLOCATE TO TEACHING VERSUS NON-TEACHING ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Education (a) what is the proportion of time that teachers allocate to teaching versus non-teaching administrative duties in a given week; and (b) what is the current budget that schools allocate towards hiring of administrators that assist teachers in areas of non-teaching administrative activities, such as on procurement, billingsContinue reading “PROPORTION OF TIME THAT TEACHERS ALLOCATE TO TEACHING VERSUS NON-TEACHING ADMINISTRATIVE DUTIES”

MONITORING FRAUDULENT CLAIMS IN WORKFARE INCOME SUPPLEMENT SCHEME

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Manpower (a) whether the Ministry monitors for fraud in applications made under the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) scheme; (b) if so, what is the rate of fraudulent WIS claims perpetrated by firms; and (c) if not, whether there are plans to independently audit WIS firms to ensure that WISContinue reading “MONITORING FRAUDULENT CLAIMS IN WORKFARE INCOME SUPPLEMENT SCHEME”

INCLUSION OF EMERGING AND CONTEMPORARY POLICY ISSUES, CONSTITUTION AND WORKINGS OF PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY IN NATIONAL EDUCATION SYLLABUS

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Education what efforts are currently in place to ensure that, as part of the National Education syllabus, students are apprised of (i) emerging and contemporary policy issues and (ii) Singapore’s Constitution and the workings of Singapore’s parliamentary democracy. Mr Chan Chun Sing: Students discuss contemporary issues in subjects likeContinue reading “INCLUSION OF EMERGING AND CONTEMPORARY POLICY ISSUES, CONSTITUTION AND WORKINGS OF PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY IN NATIONAL EDUCATION SYLLABUS”

PUPIL-TEACHER RATIO FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL EXAMINABLE SUBJECTS

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Education what is the current pupil-teacher ratio for (i) Primary and (ii) Secondary levels for examinable subjects, such as the languages, mathematics and science, and non-examinable or elective subjects, such as physical education, social studies and art/music respectively. Mr Chan Chun Sing: MOE adopts the Organisation for Economic CooperationContinue reading “PUPIL-TEACHER RATIO FOR PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOL EXAMINABLE SUBJECTS”

CLASSIFICATION OF FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN FOR COMCARE ASSISTANCE

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for Social and Family Development (a) how does the Ministry classify families with special needs children for the purposes of ComCare assistance, specifically whether these are evaluated for Short-to-Medium Term Assistance (SMTA) or Long-Term Assistance (LTA); (b) if these families are classified as SMTA cases, whether they may insteadContinue reading “CLASSIFICATION OF FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN FOR COMCARE ASSISTANCE”

GUIDELINES AND EDUCATION EFFORTS ON SHARED AND DESIGNATED LANE USAGE ALONG PARK CONNECTORS

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for National Development (a) whether there are plans for implementing official guidelines for lane usage via lane markings for all park connectors that are demarcated with separate lanes; (b) if so, what are these plans and the timeline for its implementation; and (c) whether there are public education effortsContinue reading “GUIDELINES AND EDUCATION EFFORTS ON SHARED AND DESIGNATED LANE USAGE ALONG PARK CONNECTORS”

UTILISATION RATE OF PARKING LOTS IN MULTI-STOREY CAR PARKS OF NEWER HDB ESTATES

Assoc Prof Jamus Jerome Lim asked the Minister for National Development (a) whether HDB has conducted any study on the utilisation rate of parking lots in multi-storey car parks (MSCPs) of newer estates such as Sengkang and Punggol; (b) if so, what is the average usage-to-empty lot ratio in a given month or year; and (c) whetherContinue reading “UTILISATION RATE OF PARKING LOTS IN MULTI-STOREY CAR PARKS OF NEWER HDB ESTATES”