I AM writing to express my views on the education allowances given to government servants who are taking their in-service study or “Latihan Dalam Perkhidmatan” under the allowances scheme set by the Public Service Department (Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam).
Under this scheme, the total monthly allowances given to in-service students varies according to the countries in which they are currently studying.
There are three categories set under the scheme – Group A, B and C.
Each group has a fixed amount of allowances specified for the countries.
At the moment, Singapore is under Group B for which the allowance given is lower than those studying in countries in Group A, which includes the United Kingdom, Japan, France, etc.
Therefore, I would like to ask and seek advice from the Public Service Department if this scheme has ever been reviewed? And if they could consider placing Singapore in Group A as in recent years, Singapore has been in the top 10 and more recently top three most expensive countries in the world to live and work.
I hope that the relevant authorities, especially the Public Service Department, could look into this matter and review the allowance scheme given to in-service students studying in these different countries.
Your prompt action and consideration in this matter is highly appreciated and we thank you in advance.
– Government Servant