Look beyond education to give disadvantaged kids a leg-up

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When Second Minister for Education Indranee Rajah spoke last week about the need to uncover the underlying causes of children from disadvantaged homes lagging behind, I was reminded of two Primary 5 girls whom I gave free English tuition to a few years ago.

One responded well to the lessons and improved by leaps and bounds after just four months. The other girl, S.L., improved by a mere six marks.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 02, 2018, with the headline Look beyond education to give disadvantaged kids a leg-up. Subscribe