The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) has served a notice of intention to Welcare Student Care Centre today, to revoke its status as a student care centre that is allowed to administer government student care fee assistance.
During a recent audit, the Ministry uncovered multiple instances of wrongful claims for student care fee subsidies made by Welcare Student Care Centre to the government. The Ministry takes a serious view of these lapses. We have since referred the matter to the Commercial Affairs Department of the Singapore Police Force.
The Ministry’s notice of intention was served to Mr Gerard Michael, the President of Welcare Student Care Centre. Welcare will need to provide an explanation to MSF within 14 days of how the lapses occurred and the steps it will take to ensure that its processes are improved. If the centre fails to provide a satisfactory explanation, MSF will revoke its status as a centre that is allowed to administer government student care fee assistance.
The action taken will not affect the Centre’s current operations, as the Ministry has found no issues concerning the safety or well-being of the students. However, the Centre will not be allowed to administer the government student care fee assistance for any new students with immediate effect. MSF will monitor the Centre’s subsidy claims closely during this period, and require the Centre to work with us to ensure that the claims are properly carried out.
MSF has sent letters to the parents whose children are enrolled in Welcare Student Care Centre to explain the situation, and to provide them our support and assurance.