A good education for all students regardless of socio-economic background: Gan Kim Yong

The Government is committed to providing all students with a good education, regardless of their socio-economic background, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Friday. -- PHOTO: ST FILE
The Government is committed to providing all students with a good education, regardless of their socio-economic background, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Friday. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - The Government is committed to providing all students with a good education, regardless of their socio-economic background, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Friday.

Speaking at Sembcorp Marine's School Book Assistance Grant (SchoolBAG) Cheque Presentation Ceremony at Bukit View Primary School, Mr Gan noted that there are many government assistance schemes and grants available to needy families and students, and voluntary welfare organisations are also chipping in to help the underprivileged.

Encouraging more corporations to contribute in their own ways, Mr Gan said: "Working together, we can ensure that no child is left behind in education even if they have limited financial resources."

On Friday afternoon, 85 school representatives from primary, secondary and junior colleges were present to receive cheques from the minister.

This year, 1,298 students received between $150 and $300 to fund school enrichment activities and purchase basic supplies, such as school textbooks and uniforms.

The SchoolBag scheme, part of marine and offshore engineering group Sembcorp Marine's Community Care and Responsibility Programme, has contributed over $3.2 million in grants to more than 15,000 student beneficiaries since it was started in 2001.