$2,500 a year for parent support groups in schools

The Education Ministry will ensure that parent support groups in schools have an annual sum of $2,500 to spend on organising activities.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat told the first Parent Support Group conference on Saturday that the ministry introduced a PSG Fund in 2012 which offered a one-off sum of $2,500.

However this will now provide groups an annual top-up of up to $2,500.

It means that a group with just $1,000 left from its PSG Fund can get $1,500 from the Ministry to bring it up to the full amount.

Mr Heng said the Ministry hopes the fund will support ideas such as workshops for parents and parent-child bonding activities.

"Parents can play a critical role supporting our schools, partnering our schools, and create even more learning experiences for their children," he said, adding that the ministry will launch different initiatives and programmes in the future.

"It is important for parents to have partnerships with our schools, so they understand what the ministry is doing," he said.