06 Jun '11, 1pm

DTN Singapore: MOM reviewing English test for domestic maids: SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is condu...

DTN Singapore: MOM reviewing English test for domestic maids: SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is condu...

SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) is conducting a full review of the written English proficiency test for foreign domestic workers (FDW). It says the review has been underway since it received feedback on the matter over the past several months. The test is under the spotlight following the death of a 26-year-old Indonesian who hanged herself after failing it three times in as many days. Currently, would-be maids have to pass the test within three days of their arrival. They are sent back home if they fail but are free to come back to Singapore to re-take the test. The problem is that those sent home often have to worry about debts incurred with recruitment agencies, and without a job, they cannot pay up. Singapore is the only country in Asia-Pacific where the test is compulsory. On her Facebook page, MP for Moulmein-Kallang GRC, Denise Phua, said she had written a...

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