Five more MOE kindergartens to open next year, bringing total to 15

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, five-year-old Denson Ho (extreme left) and other K2 pupils listening as Mr Muhammad Himmi Ibrahim (extreme right), 36, talks about civil defence. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat, five-year-old Denson Ho (extreme left) and other K2 pupils listening as Mr Muhammad Himmi Ibrahim (extreme right), 36, talks about civil defence. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat with kindergarten pupils after a fire drill. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat with kindergarten pupils after a fire drill. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Five-year-old Haziq Aniq (extreme left) showing off his teeth to Education Minister Heng Swee Keat and teacher Elaine Phay, 26, as they eat sweet potatoes and tapioca. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Five-year-old Haziq Aniq (extreme left) showing off his teeth to Education Minister Heng Swee Keat and teacher Elaine Phay, 26, as they eat sweet potatoes and tapioca. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat watching a Total Defence video with K2 pupils at the MOE Kindergarten at Punggol View Primary School on Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN
Education Minister Heng Swee Keat watching a Total Defence video with K2 pupils at the MOE Kindergarten at Punggol View Primary School on Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015. -- ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - The Education Ministry (MOE) will open five more kindergartens in heartland neighbourhoods next year.

Four will be sited within primary schools - in Northoaks Primary in Sembawang, Riverside Primary in Woodlands, Springdale Primary in Sengkang, and Westwood Primary in Jurong West.

The last one will be located in a Housing Board void deck, in Block 470A Fernvale Link.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat announced the details on Tuesday morning, during a visit to the MOE Kindergarten at Punggol View Primary School. Mr Heng observed the Total Defence Day Learning activities at the pre-school, in celebration of Total Defence Day, which was on Feb 15.

The new pre-schools will take in a total of 480 pupils. The ones in Fernvale Link and Northoaks Primary will take in 60 pupils each, while the others will have vacancies for 120 pupils each.

Singapore citizens will pay a monthly fee of $150, while permanent residents will pay $300. Registration will start in April.

The pre-schools will also provide childcare services, and the fees will be announced at a later date.

The five new kindergartens are in addition to the current 10 run by MOE.

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