Kings International Business School (KIBS) will have its registration cancelled for contravening the Private Education Act, the Council for Private Education (CPE) announced on today.
In a news release, CPE said it investigated and found evidence that the private business school had “offered and awarded some students with diplomas in maritime studies without requiring class attendance or assessment”.
This is the first time a private education institution (PEI) will have its registration cancelled for issuing diplomas without ensuring that students had received proper instruction and assessment, since the establishment of CPE in December 2009, the Council said.
KIBS will have its registration cancelled from May 5 but will not be allowed to offer and conduct private education courses with immediate effect. The business school, located in Bukit Merah Central, offers diplomas not just in maritime studies, but in business management as well.
CPE said it has directed KIBS give refunds to its students, or to help arrange for them to continue their course at another suitable private education institution. Based on available records, there are 10 existing students taking diploma courses as KIBS as of Feb 11, CPE said.
“While the vast majority of PEIs are bona fide education providers, we must continue to be vigilant to guard against such egregious players as what they do cast doubt on the integrity of the qualifications of PEI graduates,” said CPE Chief Executive Brandon Lee.
“It also is unfortunate that some of the students chose to take up KIBS’s offer, instead of reporting them to CPE, implicating genuine students who took lessons in the process.”
CPE advises members of the public to be cautious of offers for certification without having to attend classes, or take examinations or tests. They can also report such activities to CPE at 65 6592 2108 or via email at [email protected]