8 in 10 international students on MOE tuition grants either serve bonds or apply for deferment
Eight in 10 international students who studied in a local polytechnic or university on tuition grants awarded by the Ministry of Education (MOE) either serve their bonds and start work immediately, or have applied to the ministry for deferment, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat told Parliament on Friday.
All international students who receive tuition grants from MOE are required to work in Singapore-based companies for three years after they graduate, to supplement the local labour force and contribute to the economy.
But this does not mean that the remaining 20 per cent are bond defaulters, said Mr Heng, replying to a question by Hougang MP Png Eng Huat who asked for the amount of tuition grants given to students who have defaulted on their agreement.
"Some did not start work immediately upon graduation as they have gone overseas for further studies, but did not seek deferment approval, some are in the midst of seeking deferment approval, and some are still seeking employment," said Mr Heng.