29 Jun '11, 12am

Our reader says the Govt should do more to help stay-at-home mums rejoin the workforce. Any suggestions?

I AM a stay-at-home mother who holds a postgraduate degree. I have chosen to stay at home because my husband and I believe it is beneficial for our two children aged below eight. However, I see this as a temporary stage in my life and would like to be gainfully employed. I have spoken to other stay-at-home mothers, many of whom are graduates, and they feel the same way. More importantly, I would like to stay in touch with the working world and keep my skills relevant. I have been searching for courses to upgrade my skills, but it seems that the Skills Development Fund and Workforce Skills Qualifications are offered only to Singaporeans and permanent residents recommended by their employers. Many of the upgrading courses are conducted in the evenings or throughout the day, making it difficult for stay-at-home mothers to attend. There should be a rethink of the policies to m...

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