New Private Education Bill Passed Posted: 09 March 2010; Category: National

To raise standards of the private education sector in Singapore, the new Private Education Act was approved by Parliament yesterday.

Under the new Bill, more than 1,000 private schools will have to meet a list of criteria before they can register with the Ministry of Education (MOE):

  • all courses offered by private schools must be registered with the new Council of Private Education

  • private schools must also register with MOE before operating

  • those who want to recruit foreign students must sign up for the EduTrust quality mark

  • schools must show they have proper systems, e.g. giving information on their finances, teachers and facilities

  • checks for external degree programmes will include verification with the foreign university

  • if courses do not meet the mark, the school must lay out alternative arrangements e.g. transferring students to an approved course

MOE will step up on its checks of schools and audit checks, and increase the size of its private education department from 9 officers to some 60.

It is a criminal offence if private schools do not register, with penalties including a maximum fine of S$10,000 and up to 1 year jail.