Singapore Budget 2015: 20 more student care centres in schools in 2015; another 20 in 2016

SINGAPORE - Twenty student care centres will be set up in schools this year, and another 20 will start next year.

This is in addition to the current 100 school-based student care centres.

Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said this in Parliament on Friday, adding that his ministry will continue to work with the Ministry of Social and Family Development to improve the quality and accessibility of these centres.

"Many parents told me that they appreciate the structured, supportive environment that student care centres provide for students after school," he said.

MPs such as Dr Intan Azura Mokhtar (Ang Mo Kio) and Mr Patrick Tay (Nee Soon) earlier spoke on the importance of student care centres for children whose parents are both working during the day and do not hire domestic helpers.

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