School fees for foreigners, PRs to increase from 2018

October 18, 2017

TODAY, 17 Oct 2017, School fees for foreigners, PRs to increase from 2018

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The MOE also said there are currently no plans to adjust school fees for Singapore citizens. Singaporeans pay no school fees in primary school, but pay S$5 and S$6 monthly in secondary school and pre-university, respectively.

For some non-citizen parents who send their children to public schools, the higher school fees will be financially taxing, but most also noted that while the gap was narrowing, school fees international schools charge are still much higher — these range from around S$20,000 to S$35,000 a year.

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For instance, Dover Court International School Singapore charges S$25,200 annually – or S$2,100 monthly – for upper primary students, whereas the Australian International School charges S$33,646 annually – or S$2,804 monthly – for elementary school students.

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TODAY had also reported that figures from the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) show as of end-August, there were about 76,000 international students on Student’s Pass who are enrolled in private and government-run schools and institutions, including the polytechnics and universities in Singapore. In 2008, the number stood at close to 100,000, previous reports stated. The ICA issues the Student’s Pass for foreigners applying to study here.

Asked previously whether the ministry had turned away more applicants in the last few years and about the intake of foreign students, MOE would only say international students form about 5 per cent of the total student population in the last few years.

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October 9, 2017

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Renovation contractors required to give notice for noisy works

September 24, 2017

ST Paper, 6 Aug 2017, Renovation contractors required to give notice for noisy works

We thank Mrs Joy Chan Jing Jing for her letter (Give advance notice for HDB renovation; Forum Online, July 28).

The HDB recognises that renovation works can cause disamenities to surrounding residents, and have put in place several measures to minimise inconvenience.

Flat owners are required to engage only contractors who are permitted to renovate HDB flats.

Their appointed contractor must obtain a permit from the HDB before carrying out the renovations in the flat.

A Notice of Renovation must be prominently displayed at the entrance of the flat before the renovation work begins, and remain displayed throughout the approved renovation period.

If the renovations involve noisy works such as the hacking of walls or tiles, the renovation contractor is also required to give written notice to the immediate neighbouring units (on the same storey as well as those above and below the unit) at least three days before work commences.

To minimise inconvenience to residents, such noisy works must be completed within three days – these works should be carried out only between 9am and 5pm, and are not allowed on Saturdays, Sundays, public holidays and the eve of major public holidays.

Residents who encounter renovation contractors who do not comply with the requirements can report them to the HDB via our Branch Service Line on 1800-225-5432 or the Essential Maintenance Service Unit after office hours.

The HDB will investigate and take necessary action against the errant renovation contractors.

In our high-rise and high-density society, a certain degree of noise is inevitable in our daily life.

We seek the cooperation of flat owners to abide by the guidelines in carrying out their home renovation, and for their neighbours to bear with the temporary inconvenience. A closer understanding and tolerance of each other will go a long way towards achieving a pleasant living environment.

Michelle Ng Chwee Geok (Ms)

Director (Housing Maintenance)

Housing & Development Board

Several ways to check on fund-raisers

September 24, 2017

ST Paper,  1 Aug 2017, Several ways to check on fund-raisers

We thank Mr Sim Ghee Choon for the suggestions in his letter (Make it easier to check on fund-raisers; Forum Online, July 12).

The Collector’s Certificate of Authority issued by the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) and the Singapore Police Force (SPF) includes a QR code.

Members of the public can check if the fund-raiser has a valid House to House and Street Collections Licence by scanning the code with a smartphone.

The Office of the Commissioner of Charities is working on incorporating the QR code function in all permits issued for fund-raising appeals.

Apart from the QR code verification method, members of the public can also use the following methods to verify the authenticity of the collections when being approached by collectors:

•Send a query via SMS to 79777 using the following format: “FR”

•Perform a search using the online fund-raising permit search facility via the Charity Portal (https://www.charities.gov.sg), NCSS website or SPF website

•Use the Police@SG smartphone application. (Download the Police@SG application, and go to “More Links” to access the Charities and Fund-Raising search engine of the Charity Portal)

Sim Hui Ting (Ms)

Deputy Commissioner of Charities

Know your CATS

September 23, 2017

The network switches cannot be bothered with CAT5e or CAT6 cables.

Cat5e and Cat6 cables utilize the same end piece RJ-45 and they can plug in to the same ports. The differences between each of these cables are their capabilities, as well as the methods and materials used to create them. The end that all the cables have in common is known as RJ-45, and it is capable of plugging into any Ethernet jack on a computer, router, or another similar device.




List of Healthier Caterers

September 14, 2017

A list of caterers that comply with the Healthier Catering guidelines and have the capability to provide healthier menus upon request is available on HPB’s website.

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September 4, 2017

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FREE access to Code School entire content library

August 17, 2017

FREE access to the entire content library for everyone from August 18–20.

https://www.codeschool.com/

Digitized vinyl records for your listening pleasure

August 14, 2017

Over 50,000 78rpm pieces of vinyl have been digitized and put online for your listening pleasure as part of the Great 78 Project.

https://archive.org/details/78rpm