07 Jun '11, 2am

Manpower Ministry is conducting a review of the entry test for maids. Email your suggestions to [email protected]

WE REFER to recent letters and articles in The Straits Times on the entry test for first-time foreign domestic workers (FDWs), following the tragic demise of Ms Sulastri Wardoyo. The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) introduced the entry test in 2005 as part of a package of measures to ensure first-time FDWs are able to adapt to working and living in Singapore. The entry test was thus designed to ensure that they possess basic numeracy and literacy skills. It also helps ascertain the ability of FDWs to understand basic safety instructions, as most of them will be working in a highly urbanised environment for the first time. This is important, both for the safety of the FDW as well as the young children and the elderly she may be taking care of. Contrary to suggestions by some employment agencies, MOM has not made the entry test more difficult in recent months or years. It is also...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/STForum/Story/STIStory_676921...

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