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RI to refine scheme to draw lower income pupils

It could give out cash awards earlier to encourage kids to aim for a place

Published on Jun 4, 2014 8:34 AM
Secondary 2 students Edmund Ong (left) and Zhang Weiyao were recipients of the Junior Raffles Institution Scholarships. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

For the past four years, Raffles Institution (RI) has been giving cash awards to Primary 6 boys from low-income homes to encourage them to aim for a place in the school, one of the most prestigious and the oldest here.

But it is now relooking the way it reaches out to these boys - for, despite its good intentions, only one or two of them enrol in the school each year even though several do well enough in the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) to qualify for a place.

RI has awarded Junior Raffles Institution Scholarships to between 20 and 30 pupils a year for the past three years. The award comes with $1,000 in cash to pay for study or enrichment expenses.

Besides coming from low-income families, the pupils must show potential to do well enough in the PSLE to meet the entry score for top schools like RI, which is well above 250.

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