Kings International Business School (KIBS), a private education institution (PEI) in Singapore, will have its registration cancelled for issuing errant diplomas to several of its students, the Council for Private Education (CPE) announced on 21 April.
The CPE found that KIBS had offered and awarded several students with diplomas in maritime studies without requiring class attendance or assessment.
KIBS is not permitted to offer and conduct private education courses with immediate effect, including degree and diploma programs, as well as full-time certification and preparatory courses, among others, said the CPE.
KIBS has to arrange for its students to continue their course at another suitable PEI by 5 May.
“We must continue to be vigilant to guard against such egregious players, as what they do cast doubt on the integrity of the qualifications of PEI graduates, “said Brandon Lee, CPE chief executive, in a press release. “It also is unfortunate that some of the students chose to take up KIBS’s offer, instead of reporting them to the CPE, implicating genuine students who took lessons in the process.”
This is the first time a PEI will have its registration cancelled for issuing diplomas without ensuring that students had received proper instruction and assessment since the establishment of the CPE in December 2009.