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Anchor pre-school operators received $69m from Govt since 2009

Published on Nov 14, 2012 3:17 PM
 
A woman and young children walking past the NTUC First Campus’ My First Skool, a childcare centre at a block in Choa Chu Kang Street 62. The Government has withheld grants from anchor pre-school operators when their centres have failed to meet minimum performance standards, said Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing in Parliament today. ST PHOTO: BENJAMIN SEETOR

THE Government has withheld grants from anchor pre-school operators when their centres have failed to meet minimum performance standards, said Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing in Parliament today.

He did not disclose how many times this has happened or how much was withheld, but did say that in total, $69 million has been given in grants since 2009 to the two anchor operators.

They are the PAP Community Foundation and NTUC's My First Skool. In return for government assistance to lower operating costs, the two operators must keep fees below the industry median.

Mr Chan was responding to a parliamentary question from Non-Constituency MP Yee Jenn Jong. Mr Yee expressed concern that of the two anchor operators' centres, only a small percentage have managed to be accredited under the Ministry of Education's Singapore Pre-school Accreditation Framework (Spark).

 
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