Chinese Development Assistance Council to open at least two more student care centres this year

SINGAPORE - The Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC) will open at least two more school-based student care centres by the end of this year, following the success and popularity of the two which are already in operation.

The centre in Bendeemer Primary school, which opened in July 2014, doubled its enrolment from 60 to 120 in January and the CDAC is working with the school to increase the intake further to 180, CDAC board member Low Yen Ling said on Friday.

A second student care centre with a capacity for 60 places was opened in January this year at Chongfu Primary School in Yishun.

The centres provide after-school care on the premises. Pupils are supervised for homework and have art and sports activities before they are picked up around 7pm. Most pupils enrolled there come from lower-income families with working parents.

Ms Low, who is Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development and chairman of the CDAC's student education and development committee, said more details of the upcoming centres will be announced in the next two months.

She was speaking after attending the council's 23rd annual general meeting.

The CDAC, a self-help group for those in the Chinese community, also offers programmes such as tuition, enrichment and assistance schemes, among other things.