Private Education Act / EduTrust Certification Scheme
The Private Education Act was legislated in December 2009 to strengthen the existing registration framework and enforcement provisions of Private Education Institutions (PEIs).
The Committee for Private Education (CPE) is a statutory board established under the Private Education Act with legislative powers to regulate the private education sector more effectively and uplift the quality of private education in Singapore. Under the Enhanced Registration Framework (ERF), all Private Education Institutions (PEIs) must be registered with the CPE before they are allowed to commence operations.
A quality assurance framework known as EduTrust Certification Scheme (EduTrust), was also introduced. It assesses a private school’s management commitment and responsibilities, corporate governance and administration, external recruitment agents, student protection and support services, academic processes and student assessment, achievement of student and graduate outcomes, quality assurance monitoring and results.
The EduTrust aims to recognise private schools that are able to consistently maintain a high standard of quality in the overall provision of education services and make continual improvements that lead to positive student outcomes. Ngee Ann Academy has been awarded the EduTrust certification by the CPE.
Fee Protection Insurance Scheme
The Committee for Private Education (CPE) has regulatory provisions and requirements to protect course fees that are payable by students who are enrolled in a private education institution (PEI). These are in the form of fee collection caps and schemes to protect student fees.
There are two main schemes administered by the CPE – the IWC under the Enhanced Registration Framework (ERF) and the Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) under the EduTrust Certification Scheme. The purpose of these schemes is to protect the unconsumed course fees paid by students in the event that a PEI is unable to continue operating due to insolvency and/or regulatory closure. The FPS also protects students if the PEI fails to pay penalties or return fees to the students arising from the judgement made against it by the Singapore courts.
NAA adopts a compulsory Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) to protect the paid fees of all students. It has appointed Lonpac Insurance Bhd as the FPS insurance provider. Under the FPS insurance scheme, students’ fees are insured by Lonpac Insurance Bhd. In case of events, as stated above, students will be able to claim their paid fees from Lonpac Insurance Bhd. More details of the FPS can also be found on CPE website, available at www.ssg.gov.sg. Click here for the FPS insurance certificate.