HC warns S'pore bound Lankan students
The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Singapore has warned potential
students from enrolling in dubious institutions in Singapore offering
study courses and promising quick employment opportunities in Singapore
and other countries.
Issuing a media release the Foreign Ministry states:
"The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Singapore has, yet again,
received a large number of complaints from students, who have arrived in
Singapore, to pursue courses of study at academic institutions. Most of
these courses and academic programs state that job training and
employment in Singapore or in a neighbouring country would be extended,
once the course of study is completed.
In this context, students expend large amounts of fees, inclusive of
fees for agents in Sri Lanka, amounting to S$ 5,000 to 8,000 equivalent
of SLRs. 375,000-600,000. These programs and courses of study are
offered for a period of six months to a maximum of one year by
institutions having less repute both in standing and in academia let
alone the recognition of their qualifications.
Most of these innocent and naive students are lured and enticed to
Singapore to follow different courses of study and disciplines by
agents, representing the said non-reputed academic institutions in
Often, the complaints the High Commission of Sri Lanka in Singapore
have received, in the recent past, were gross misrepresentation,
distortion of the factual situation, false promises regarding employment
opportunities and recognition of qualifications and undue prolonging of
the courses of study, among others, thus frustrating them as well as
exhausting the funds of the unsuspecting students.
It is outrageous to hear and note that many of these students have
been promised and assured employment in Singapore or in Malaysia, after
a successful completion of the study/course.
The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Singapore strongly urges and
insists that the potential students, who intend to pursue any course of
study in less known institutions in Singapore, particularly through an
agent from Sri Lanka, to be extra cautious, vigilant and attentive."