03 Jun '11, 11am

Maid who hung herself: Our reader says there must be better ways for MOM to administer the English language tests.

INDONESIAN maid Sulastri Wardoyo's tragedy saddens the heart and boggles the mind ('Maid in ICU after trying to hang herself'; Wednesday). The fact that a young woman, who is married with a child, would be so driven to despair by the Foreign Domestic Worker Entry Test means that the system must change. There must be better ways for the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) to administer the test. First, maids should not have to sit for the test in Singapore. With the large number of applicants, the MOM could arrange for a central testing centre on home soil manned by minimal MOM staff or its appointees, at regular intervals in a year. If they are appointees, then it would be the MOM's responsibility to ensure their integrity and credibility. Second, a written test is unnecessary. We need maids to understand verbal instructions. We do not need them to be able to read and write. If the...

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