Parliament asked to endorse Aspire report on upgrading for all and rewards based on skills

Students at the ITE Central College campus in Ang Mo Kio. The Government will seek Parliament's endorsement of the Applied Study in Polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education Review (Aspire) report. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
Students at the ITE Central College campus in Ang Mo Kio. The Government will seek Parliament's endorsement of the Applied Study in Polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education Review (Aspire) report. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - THE Government will seek Parliament's endorsement of the Applied Study in Polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education Review (Aspire) report.

Released in August, it sets out the Government's policy to ensure that all Singaporeans, whatever their qualifications, enjoy full opportunities to upgrade and progress during their working lives, Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah said in the motion she has tabled before the House, which will sit on Monday.

A motion is a call for Parliament to act.

Ms Rajah, who chaired the Aspire committee, said its report also sets out the Government's support for a tripartite approach to instil a culture of life-long learning, and to recognise and reward individuals based on their skills and performance.

Also up for debate on Monday is the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill, which if passed, will make it an offence for anyone to hold and operate any function of cell phones or tablets while driving. Currently, it is only an offence to hold a mobile phone and communicate with another person while driving.

But the first order of business on Monday will be the swearing-in ceremony of the new batch of nine Nominated Members of Parliament.

That will be followed by question time, when ministers will answer, among others, questions filed by four MPs on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the contingency plans in place here to deal with the virulent disease.

Another three MPs have filed questions on the Lease Buyback Scheme, which will be extended to four-room Housing Board flats. They seek further details on the scheme, including how the HDB determines the value of a flat's lease, and what options a flat owner has should he outlive the remaining lease.