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Schools raise funds 'not just for campus upgrading'

Parent, alumni donations also help to fund scholarships, programmes

Published on Feb 5, 2014 7:46 AM
The swimming pool at Raffles Institution. Some independent and mission schools have bigger and better facilities than others, thanks to donations from their alumni but former students also lend their support to other initiatives, sometimes in non-financial ways. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Donations from parents and alumni who want to help schools are for more than just campus upgrading.

The donors support scholarships, bursaries and education programmes, several schools in Singapore said yesterday. Some even support their alma mater in non-financial ways.

They were responding to the Ministry of Education's call for schools to moderate fund raising for improved facilities, saying that the Government has given them the hardware they need.

Schools must get the ministry's approval to raise money for "non-standard" facilities such as swimming pools. The ministry said it will continue to approve fund-raising requests based on their "educational merits".

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