Move to boost diversity at top schools welcomed

Improved bursary scheme a good step but observers say more can be done, like preparing pupils for the challenge

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said earlier this week that the enhancements are to put students' and parents' minds at ease, as some are worried about expenses.
Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said earlier this week that the enhancements are to put students' and parents' minds at ease, as some are worried about expenses.PHOTO: ST FILE

The latest efforts to increase diversity at Singapore's top schools by making them affordable for all are a welcome signal, but more still needs to be done, said observers.

Under the enhanced Independent School Bursary (ISB) scheme, students from low-or middle-income families will, from next April, generally pay lower fees than they are charged now at independent schools.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 29, 2018, with the headline 'Move to boost diversity at top schools welcomed'. Subscribe