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Schools important platforms to help Singaporeans 'level up': PM Lee

Published on Jun 6, 2014 8:11 PM
A collage given to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong made by National Junior College alumnus Quinn Lum, who graduated in 2011. It features pictures of Mr Lee and wife Ho Ching, both ex-NJC students, during their school days and when they came back as guests for various events. -- PHOTO: QUINN LUM

SINGAPORE - Schools are important platforms for less well-off Singaporeans to move up and make good in life, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday, as he held up National Junior College for doing its part in the endeavour.

The junior college, which is Mr Lee's alma mater, has done its part by helping to keep pathways open for all, he said, reiterating a theme that is a key part of the Government's agenda for the rest of its term as it seeks to address concerns over education and social mobility.

Established in 1969, NJC has continued with its tradition of having no affiliations with any primary or secondary schools, Mr Lee noted. Its JC1 and Secondary 1 students therefore come from almost 100 secondary and primary schools, he said.

It seeks out talented students from humble backgrounds, and offers them bursaries to help defray costs, and also promotes "a culture of moderation and restraint", allowing staff and students to interact comfortably on equal terms with one another.

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