04 Dec '11, 7am

Settling-In Programme to replace English test for foreign maids

Settling-In Programme to replace English test for foreign maids

The mandatory Entry Test in English for Foreign Domestic Workers will be scrapped by mid 2012 to be replaced with a mandatory Settling-In Programme (SIP).-- ST PHOTO: NURIA LING By Shuli Sudderuddin The mandatory Entry Test in English for Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) will be scrapped by mid 2012 to be replaced with a mandatory Settling-In Programme (SIP). The SIP programme will include the current half-day Safety Awareness Course and include new components on adapting to living and working in Singapore, as well as conditions of employment and responsibilities of the FDW. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister of State for Manpower and National Development, said that consultations and surveys showed that four out of five FDWs faced problems settling down to life and work in Singapore. He added that a Ministry of Manpower review found that the English test was not a meaningful measur...

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