MSF serves notice to revoke student care centre's right to administer Govt funds

MSF serves notice to revoke student care centre's right to administer Govt funds

During a recent audit, the Ministry of Social and Family Development uncovered multiple instances of wrongful claims for student care fee subsidies made by Impresario Learning Lab to the Government.

Generic preschool image. Photo: TODAY
A child in pre-school. (File photo: TODAY)

SINGAPORE: A notice of intention to revoke student care centre Impresario Learning Lab's status as a Government student care fee assistance administrator was sent on Tuesday (Aug 23), the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said.

During a recent audit, MSF uncovered multiple instances of wrongful claims for student care fee subsidies made by Impresario Learning Lab to the Government. The ministry said it takes a serious view of the matter and has since referred the matter to the Commercial Affairs Department (CAD).

The notice was served to Mr Shaik Ismail, the operator and sole proprietor of the centre. The centre required to provide an explanation to the ministry within 14 days regarding the wrongful claims, and if there is no satisfactory explanation, its status will be revoked, MSF said in a press release.

"The action taken by MSF will not affect the centre’s current operations, as the Ministry has not identified any concerns with the safety or well-being of the students so far," MSF said.
"However, the Centre will not be allowed to administer the Government student care fee assistance for new students with immediate effect."

Impresario Learning Lab started disbursing subsidies in 2013, and based on records, 12 of the 14 children currently enrolled there are receiving Government assistance, the ministry said.

Source: CNA/kk

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