School meal subsidies to be extended to needy secondary school students

A group of boys from Springfield Secondary School having a meal in their school canteen, on March 24, 2011.
A group of boys from Springfield Secondary School having a meal in their school canteen, on March 24, 2011.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Meal subsidies under the Ministry of Education's (MOE) School Meals Programme will be extended to benefit older children from June 27, when the second school semester starts.

Currently, only primary school pupils on MOE's Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) and special education (Sped) pupils aged seven to 12 on the Sped FAS benefit from the School Meals Programme. Subsidies will be extended to all secondary school and special education students on these two schemes.

Some 25,000 to 27,000 more students will benefit,according to Acting Minister for Education (Schools) Ng Chee Meng.

He said on Saturday that the programme was being extended so that there will be a "more inclusive education system, where all can benefit from the opportunities provided, regardless of background".

"We hope that with the School Meals Programme, students can learn better with a full stomach," he added. "Their concentration and ability to focus will be enhanced, and their learning journey would be better."

Under the School Meals Programme, primary school pupils receive subsidies of $2 per meal for seven meals per school week. Secondary school students will receive subsidies of $2.50 per meal.

Special education students will receive the amount as those in mainstream schools.

For more information, go to:

www.moe.gov.sg/education/financial-assistance/moe-financial-assistance-s...

www.moe.gov.sg/education/special-education/financial-assistance-for-sped...