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Nathan fund pledges $820,000 for needy ITE students

Published on Oct 6, 2012 6:00 AM
 
Former president S R Nathan speaking to ITE students at ITE College West on Friday. About half of the ITE student population come from families with a per capita income of $500 or less a month. -- ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

The Institute of Technical Education's efforts to support needy students have received an $820,000 boost from the S R Nathan Education Upliftment Fund.

The money will be given to ITE over the next three years and benefit about 180 students each year.

ITE, which has 25,370 students, aims to help about 500 of them a year through its ITE Monthly Financial Assistance Scheme with help from donors. Students get $150 a month, or $5 a day, for expenses such as meals and stationery.

A mock cheque was presented to Education Minister Heng Swee Keat and ITE chief executive Bruce Poh at ITE College West yesterday. The sum will be matched by the Ministry of Education, and its contribution will be placed in the ITE endowment fund, which also helps needy students.

 
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Background story

GIVING STUDENTS A LIFT

I think many of them are (from the) normal stream and we must help them to move up the ladder.

- Former president S R Nathan