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Last updated: 15 April, 2009 - Published 17:23 GMT
 
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Lankan students 'lured' to Singapore
 
High Commissioner Jayathri Samarakone
High Commissioner says it is illegal for students to work in Singapore
The Sri Lankan High Commission in Singapore says that it has received a large number of complaints on luring Sri Lankan students to Singapore.

Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Singapore, Jayathri Samarakone, told BBC Sandeshaya that students are lured by agents using newspaper advertisements.

She added that the agents advertise that, especially in the IT and hospitality industries, the students will be offered job training and employment following their courses.

“But it is illegal in Singapore for the students to take employment and if found they will be severely punished,” she told BBC Sinhala service.

Financial difficulties

“Once they arrive in Singapore they are first asked to follow English courses saying their standard is not good enough. The students are forced to do temporary work to find money to pay fees for prolonged courses”.

 Some of those courses advertised can be completed in Sri Lanka for as low as Rs. 20,000 and many students arrive thinking that jobs are assured for them
 
High Commissioner, Jayathri Samarakone

Some Sri Lankan students were reported to be imprisoned as a result of taking employment.

The high commissioner said these agents have selected Singapore for their business as Sri Lankans do not need visa to enter into Singapore.

“Some of those courses advertised can be completed in Sri Lanka for as low as Rs. 20,000 and many students arrive thinking that jobs are assured for them”.

The High Commission urges students and their parents to contact the colleges or the high commission and double check the information advertised in the newspapers before enrolling for such courses.

 
 
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