The Ministry of Health (MOH) is investigating the founder and managing director of a tuition centre who is listed as a medical doctor and a child psychologist on the centre's website.

Raffles EduHub, which also boasts a teacher with an "MBBS in mathematics", has been featured in the New York Times, and in both print and TV media here in stories about the private tuition industry.

In the New York Times report, Raffles EduHub's founder and managing director, Dr Zhong Rui Wen, was described as a medical doctor and child psychiatrist.

Checks with both the Singapore Medical Council and the Ministry of Health (MOH) showed that her name is not on their lists of registered doctors.

An MOH spokesman said the ministry is investigating the matter.

The spokesman said that under the Medical Registration Act, "any unauthorised person guilty of advertising or holding himself out as a medical practitioner will be liable to a fine not exceeding $100,000 or imprisoned for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both".

The question over the academic qualifications published on the Raffles EduHub website arose after a reader tipped off The New Paper that his friends became suspicious while looking for a suitable tuition centre for their children.

They were wary after checking the centre's website and seeing that one of the teachers has an implausible qualification from the National University of Singapore (NUS) - an MBBS in mathematics.

"I don't think there's such a thing as an MBBS in mathematics," said the reader, who declined to be named.

An MBBS is a bachelor's degree in medicine and surgery.