More getting help from Sinda's tuition programme

More students across more levels are getting help from Sinda's flagship tuition programme, Project Teach. The programme, which offers school-based intensive tuition classes to underperforming Indian children, has about 1,320 students under it. This is up from the 1,254 last year.

In 2001, the programme was only open to primary schools but started to take in secondary school students last year. It is now in 62 schools with five secondary schools possible coming on board soon.

Chief executive of Sinda, Mr Raja Sega, attributed the success of the programme to a small class size and specialised attention. Each class has between seven and 12 students where Sinda liaison officers, school teachers and parents work with these children and help them get back on track.

Looking forward, Mr Raja said that the programme will focus more on mathematics at the secondary school level which is an area that students seem to be underperforming in.

With its new children's division set up last year, Sinda also has plans to focus on pre-school education and get more pre-schoolers signed up for its numeracy and literacy programmes .

Senior Minister of State Ms Indranee Rajah (Education and Law) was the guest of honour at an event to recognise the efforts of the 150 educators involved in Sinda's programmes.