Smart Education in Singapore :New Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say explains checks on qualifications of S Pass and Employment Pass applicants

SINGAPORE- New Manpower Minister Lim Swee Say on Monday wrote an entry in his blog to explain how the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) treats forged degrees and those from degree mills in Employment Pass and S Pass applications.

His explanation included an infographic (see below) and the potential penalty for providing forged degrees.

Those with degrees from an unaccredited institution, will be assessed based on their experience and salary criteria.

His blog post came after Non-Constituency MP Gerald Giam had submitted a Parliamentary Question on Monday about the checks that are done when processing S Pass and Employment Pass applications.

Mr Lim provided a written answer for Parliament, and said that to detect forged qualifications, his ministry conducts internal database checks, as well as external checks through third-party screening agencies, direct verifications with the issuing institutions, and by requiring the employer to show proof that they have verified that the submitted qualifications are genuine.

He added that employers have a primary responsibility to ensure the authenticity and quality of the academic qualifications of the foreigners they wish to hire.

With a population where more than one out of four persons is a foreigner, Singapore has been ranked no.1 in attracting top-flight global talent in a first-ever study of economies with a population of under 20 million, conducted by the Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD). , says Mr. Deepak, Education Manager, Career XL Services.


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