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Singapore Budget 2014: Two-thirds of all primary schools to have student care centres

Published on Mar 7, 2014 6:18 PM
 

Student care centres, which provide before- and after-school services such as homework supervision for pupils, are set to become a standard feature in primary schools.

Forty more centres will be set up over the next two years, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat in Parliament on Friday. This will raise the number of such centres to 120, covering two-thirds of all primary schools.

Some 7,500 pupils, many from low-income families, attend these centres sited within their schools where they are given meals, supervised on their schoolwork and encouraged to take part in games and activities such as speech and drama. "I have visited many of our student care centres, and it is a joy to see happy, engaged children," saidMr Heng.

With 40 more centres, 2,500 more pupils will be able to attend these centres, most of which are run by voluntary welfare organisations. The average non-subsidised fee is $250 a month but parents from low income households pay as little as $5 a month at centres such as the ones in Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School in Yishun and Keming Primary in Bukit Batok.

Pupils from Keming Primary School, who are part of a student care centre, having a game of basketball. Student care centres, which provide before- and after-school services such as homework supervision for pupils, are set to become a standard feature in primary schools. -- ST FILE PHOTO: DESMOND LIM
 
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