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More primary schools get spruced up with upgraded facilities

Another 7 schools will return to upgraded facilities by end of 2014

Published on Jul 4, 2013 6:58 AM
 
Seng Kang Primary 1 pupil Jared Ong standing on a small stage at the back of a classroom, while his schoolmates (from right) Izwan Dennis and Gladys Heng, all seven, look on. The stages aid in teaching and learning at the school, which has performing arts as its niche programme. -- ST PHOTO: RAJ NADARAJAN

At Seng Kang Primary, pupils used to play in converted corridors because of a lack of space. Now there is a small performance stage at the back of classrooms.

The school also has a performing arts studio, an indoor sports hall and outdoor learning spaces including a butterfly garden for pupils to explore biodiversity.

All these have been added after it moved back to its upgraded premises in March.

"Previously we had space constraints and had to convert corridors into play areas," said principal Rabia Shahul. Now, "learning is no longer limited by the four walls of the classrooms".

 
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MORE ROOM TO LEARN

Previously we had space constraints and had to convert corridors into play areas. Now, learning is no longer limited by the four walls of the classrooms.

- Seng Kang Primary School principal Rabia Shahul


Upgrading for primary schools

SINCE 2009, primary schools have been undergoing upgrading in phases. The MOE plans to upgrade all 190 schools by 2016.

  • Completed and in-progress: 78 schools
  • Upgrading to start from November: 71 schools