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Enforcement Action

CPE seeks to protect the welfare and interest of students by upholding stringent regulatory standards and quality assurance. The Enhanced Registration Framework, as set out under the Private Education (PE) Act and Regulations, states all the requirements PEIs must meet in order to operate. Should the PEI and/or its managers contravene the PE Act and/or Regulations, enforcement action such as written warnings, financial penalties, suspension or cancellation of registration, or prosecution may be taken.

Enforcement Powers of CPE Inspectors
A CPE inspector may, under the provision of the PE Act (Cap. 247A) Sections 57 and 58, enter and inspect the premises of any private education institution (PEI) to ascertain if the Act is being complied with. The inspector may:

  • enter any premises to search, seize and remove any book, document or material he considers necessary;
  • require any person whom he believes to have committed the offence to furnish evidence of his identity;
  • require any person within the limits of Singapore and relevant to the case to be in attendance before him;               
  • take statements made by any person relevant to the case;
  • require any person relevant to the case to furnish any information or produce any document; and
  • take photographs or video recordings of the premises and persons relevant to the case.            

It is an offence under Section 61(1) of the PE Act for any person to:

  • make any false statement which he knows to be false or does not believe to be true or which he makes recklessly;
  • intentionally suppress any material fact;
  • neglect or refuse to produce any book, document, material or article or to furnish any information;
  • neglect or refuse to attend before an inspector as required; and
  • obstruct or impede the CPE, any officer of CPE or any inspector lawfully carrying out any function or duty in the exercise of any power conferred by or under this Act.

Any person guilty of the above offences shall be liable on conviction to a fine not exceeding S$5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both.

Under section 177 of the Penal Code (Cap. 224), whoever furnishes information, to any public servant, which he knows or has reason to believe to be false, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 6 months, or with fine which may extend to S$5,000, or with both. If the information relates to the commission of an offence, or is required for the purpose of preventing the commission of an offence, or in order to the apprehension of an offender, the imprisonment term may extend to 3 years, or with fine, or with both.

For more details on the enforcement powers of inspectors, you may click here.

You may click here for records of enforcement actions taken.