SkillsFuture Credits Scam

Published Date: 07 November 2016 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Assoc Prof Daniel Goh Pei Siong, Non-Constituency Member of Parliament

Question

To ask the Acting Minister for Education (Higher Education and Skills) (a) how many training organisations have been investigated and prosecuted for SkillsFuture scams which have exchanged credits for cash or vouchers; (b) how much credits have been lost through such scams; and (c) whether the credits have been recovered from the organisations and returned to Singaporeans who have been cheated.

Response

1. SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) regularly audits training organisations that receive SSG funding, including those offering courses supported by the SkillsFuture Credit. During its audit, SSG scrutinises all applications and claim submissions.

2. Since the launch of the SkillsFuture Credit in January 2016, there have been reports on the misuse of this Credit by training organisations. There are 9 suspected cases under investigations. These organisations have been suspended, and all their claims are being withheld. Due to ongoing investigations, I am unable to disclose more details about these cases and the amount of SkillsFuture Credit claims affected. Nonetheless, I assure Members that the SSG will spare no efforts in recovering the disbursed monies and will reinstate the Credit if misuse is established.

3. SSG will remain vigilant to deter and prevent any fraudulent or opportunistic behaviour. It will continue to conduct audits on training organisations, through a risk based approach. Members of the public who come across or suspect such activity should alert SSG immediately.

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