In a Parliamentary response to Opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Png Eng Huat’s question over whether the Singapore Government will consider setting up a centralized system to check foreign degrees for public service agencies, the Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean flatly shot down the idea. Workers’ Party MP Png Eng Huat has raised this question because of several high profile cases of fake degree holders appearing on the media.

DPM Teo said he believes that the public service agency responsible for hiring a candidate with foreign qualifications, is already in the best position to decide his relevance and suitability for the job.

However DPM Teo did not clarify if holders of fake degrees from degree mills, can be allowed to continue working in the public service agencies even when their fake qualifications are not taken into account during the hiring process.

A recent high profile case featured a former Indian National and present New Citizen, Nisha Padmanabhan, working as an Applications Consultant for the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) . However IDA has stood by their decision to hire Nisha, the new cititzen exposed to have a degree from a known degree mill. They justified the decision saying that she genuinely thought that SPU was a proper university and that her MBA was real.

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