PRIVATE EDUCATION ACT
- Committee for Private Education (CPE)
- Enhanced Registration Framework (ERF)
- EduTrust Certification Scheme
- EduTrust for Education:
- Payment Method
COUNCIL FOR PRIVATE EDUCATION
The committee for Private Education (CPE) was appointed by SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG) Board in October 2016 to carry out its functions and powers relating to private education under the Private Education Act. The CPE is support by a team of dedicated staff from SSG to regulate the sector, provide student services, consumer education and facilitate capability development efforts to uplift standards in the local private education industry.
The Enhanced Registration Framework (ERF), as set out under the PEA and the Private Education Regulations and administered by the CPE, spells out the mandatory registration requirements and legislative obligations which all private education institutions (PEIs), operating in and from Singapore, must meet. The ERF aims to ensure that PEIs in Singapore are of a certain standard in order to protect the interest of the students enrolled in their schools.
The EduTrust Certification Scheme (EduTrust) is a quality assurance scheme administered by CPE for PEIs in Singapore. It aims to distinguish 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.
While the EduTrust certification scheme is voluntary, it is one of the prerequisites which private education institutions that enrol international students must meet to qualify for the issue of Student Passes, as stipulated by the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA).
For more information on the Private Education Act and the regulatory initiatives by CPE, please visit their website at http://www.cpe.gov.sg/legislation/private-education-act and https://www.cpe.gov.sg/for-peis/edutrust-certification-scheme and https://www.cpe.gov.sg/for-peis/enhanced-registration-framework-erf
East Asia Institute of Management (EASB) was awarded the 4-year EduTrust Certification by the Council of Private Education (CPE) on 20-May-2010. EASB was awarded another 4 years during the EduTrust Renewal in 2014.
In compliance with the Edu Trust requirements, EASB has in place the following:
EASB has appointed Liberty Insurance Pte Ltd and Lonpac Insurance Bhd to be the provider of Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) for the protection of total course fees paid by all students. FPS protects 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.summary
Click here to download a copy of the Student Medical GHS claim form
EASB collects up to twelve (12) months of course fees at any one time.
For more details on FPS, please visit the website of CPE at http://www.cpe.gov.sg/for-peis/protection-of-course-fees
EASB adopts the standard CPE PEI-student contract for every enrolment. The contract spells out all the terms and conditions that bind the relationship between the student and EASB, including detailed breakdown of fees payable, payment schedule and the terms of refund.
EASB provides a cooling-off period of 7 working days after the date that the Contract has been signed by both parties. Within these 7 days, student can submit written notice of withdrawal and be entitled to the Maximum Refund amount stipulated under clause 2 of the contract (less any course fee consumed), regardless of whether the Student has started the course or not
Although Student Medical Insurance is no longer an EduTrust requirement, EASB has maintained a group student medical insurance coverage, for an annual overall limit of S$20,000.00, provided by Liberty Insurance Pte Ltd. The scheme is an expense reimbursement and co-insurance plan payable by the insured member if hospitalised in a ward higher than B1 in Singapore Government and Restructured Hospital. It is 24 hours coverage in Singapore and overseas (if student is involved in school-related activities). In addition, EASB has also a group student personal accident insurance for all students.
For more details and terms and conditions of coverage, please download a copy of the product summary below.
Click here to download a copy of the insurance certificate and product
- Refund Policy
In accordance to Clause 2 of the PEI-Student Contract, EASB’s refund policy is as follows:
EASB shall notify the student within 3 working days upon knowledge of any of the following:
– It does not commence the Course on the Course Commencement Date;
– It terminates the Course before the Course Commencement Date;
– It does not complete the Course by the Course Completion Date;
– It has not ensured that the Student meets the course entry or matriculation requirement as stipulated in Schedule A of the PEI-Student Contract within any stipulated timeline set by CPE; or
– The Student’s Pass application is rejected by ICA.
The student shall be informed in writing of alternative study arrangements (if any). If the student does not accept the alternative study arrangement and wishes to withdraw, the student will be entitled to a refund of entire course fees and miscellaneous fees already paid. The refund will be paid within seven (7) working days of the above notice.
If the student withdraws from the course for any reason other than those stated in Clause A above, EASB will, within seven (7) working days of receiving the student’s written notice of withdrawal, refund to the student an amount based on the following table:
|% of total fees paid (Course Fees + Miscellaneous Fee)||If Student’s written notice of withdrawal is received:|
|70||more than 60 days before the Course Commencement Date|
|30||before, but not more than 60 days before the Course Commencement Date|
|0||after, but not more than 0 days after the Course Commencement Date|
|0||more than 0 days after the Course Commencement Date|
EASB provides a cooling-off period of seven (7) working days from the date of the signing of the Contract by both parties.
The student will be refunded the highest percentage (stated in Schedule D of the PEI-Student contract) of the fees already paid if the student submits a written notice of withdrawal to EASB within the cooling-off period, regardless of whether the student has started the course or not.
If a student who has been accepted by EASB for a particular course and later decides to transfer to another course, the student shall be deemed to have withdrawn from the course and the provision of Clause 2.2 of the Pei-Student Contract (Refund for Withdrawal due to other reasons) shall apply, save as otherwise agreed between EASB and the student. A written request must be submitted to EASB Student Service Centre (SSC) and is subject to approval by the Academic Director. A non-refundable course transfer fee of S$535.00 (GST inclusive) will be charged for such request.
A student who withdraws will have his student contract terminated and will no longer be a student of EASB. A request by a student for withdrawal or transfer to another school must be made in writing and submitted to EASB Student Service Centre (SSC). The student must settle all outstanding fees, if any, before the withdrawal request is processed for approval. Refund, if any, shall be in accordance with Clause 2 of the PEI-Student Contract.
All requests for deferment shall be made in writing to the EASB Student Service Centre and are subject to approval by the Academic Director. All requests for deferment must be supported by documentary evidence. Students are allowed to defer for up to a period of 2 terms. The Student Pass for international students approved for deferment will be cancelled as required by ICA. Students who do not return to resume their studies within the 2 terms period shall be considered to have withdrawn from the course and any course fee paid shall be forfeited. A non-refundable deferment fee of S$428.00 (GST inclusive) will be charged for each deferment.
PROCEDURE FOR TRANSFER
- Student must complete the Post-Enrolment withdrawal form together with a non-refundable application fee of S$535.00 (GST inclusive).
- Student will have to fill up a request form for the new course, together with the highest educational qualification and parent’s consent letter to support the request
- All requests for transfer is deemed as withdrawal from the original course and the relevant refund policy will apply, save as otherwise agreed between EASB and the student
- Student Service Centre (SSC) will arrange the Student to meet with the Academic Head of School (HOS) for counselling
- SSC will contact student’s parent/s to verify, inform and seek consent to the transfer
- HOS/DOS will approve/reject the transfer
- SSC will inform student of the outcome
- Above procedures does not apply to students taking English course transferring from one stage to another stage after placement test
- If approve, the forms will passed to Registrar Office (RO) for further processing
- The existing contract will be terminate and student will have to sign a new contract
- RO will apply for STP for the new course and FPS provider will be notified of the change
- EASB will not be responsible for ICA’s rejection of STP due to the transfer of course or for any disruption to your studies arising from the transfer
- Student requests for transfer will be completed within 4 weeks
PROCEDURE FOR WITHDRAWAL
- Student must complete the Post-Enrolment withdrawal form, including letter of consent from parents for students below 18 years of age
- Student will have to clear all outstanding fees, if any
- SSC will arrange for respective HO/DOS to counsel the student
- SSC will inform student of the outcome
- If student decides not to withdraw, the student will resume his studies as usual
- If student confirms withdrawal, SSC will send documentation to RO for further processing
- Student will surrender his STP and student card to RO for cancellation of STP via ICA Solar
- Student requests for withdrawal will be completed within 4 weeks
- EASB will not be responsible for ICA’s rejection of your future STP application or for any disruption to your studies due to your withdrawal
Refund according to Student Contract Clause 2
- Student must complete the Post-Enrolment withdrawal form and request for refund form together with a consent letter from parents for students below 18 years of age
- Student will also fill the refund instruction form on how the refund, if any, is to be paid
- SSC will arrange the student to be interview by HOS/DOS
- SSC will check with Finance if the refund is within the contract clause
- If approval is given by HOS/DOS for withdrawal and request for refund is within the contract clause, the finance director will approve the refund, if any, on the request form
- International Student will have to surrender their STP and student Card to RO for cancelling of STP via ICA Solar
- Finance department will proceed to process the payment for refund, if any, to student according to the payment mode given by student
- The refund process will be closed within 7 working days
Refund requests that does not fall within the contract clause 2
- Request for refund not within the contract clause will be rejected
- Student can appeal and it will be escalated to the next higher level of authority
- Refund of this nature, if any, will be classified as Goodwill refund
- If approved and agreed on the quantum, student will have to sign a full and final settlement letter
- International student will have to surrender their STP and student Card to RO for cancelling of STP via ICA Solar
- SSC will inform Finance of the refund upon the approval by higher authority
- Finance will proceed accordingly to issue payment within 7 working days upon receiving the signed Full and Final Settlement letter
- The case is closed once the payment is remitted
Procedures for Deferment
- All requests for deferment shall be made in writing to the EASB Student Service Centre together with all supporting documents and a non-refundable fee of S$428.00 (GST inclusive).
- Students are allowed to defer for up to a period of 2 terms or 6 months.
- SSC will process your request through the respective Academic Director for approval.
- SSC will inform student of the outcome of the request.
- The STP for International students approved for deferment will then be cancelled via Solar by Registrar Office as required by ICA.
- Students should resume their studies within the 2 terms period, otherwise they shall be considered to have withdrawn from the course and any course fee paid shall be forfeited.
- Before resuming their studies, students will have to submit request to SSC to apply for their STP to continue their studies.