A look back at 2019: Quality pre-school education regardless of household income

Boosting support for pre-school education and the move to implement a system where secondary school students take subjects at differing levels in place of academic streaming were two major shifts in Singapore's education space this year

Left: A class at an MOE-run kindergarten in Punggol. By around 2025, eight in 10 young children should have a place in more affordable government-supported pre-schools. ST FILE PHOTO KidStart home visitor Lee Wei Qi with 19-month-old Ae'dan Raphael a
A class at an MOE-run kindergarten in Punggol. By around 2025, eight in 10 young children should have a place in more affordable government-supported pre-schools. ST FILE PHOTO
Left: A class at an MOE-run kindergarten in Punggol. By around 2025, eight in 10 young children should have a place in more affordable government-supported pre-schools. ST FILE PHOTO KidStart home visitor Lee Wei Qi with 19-month-old Ae'dan Raphael a
Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo with a PAP Community Foundation (PCF) Sparkletots pupil in 2016. The MOE kindergartens also tie up with Early Years Centres, which are operated by PCF Sparkletots. ST FILE PHOTO
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At this year's National Day Rally, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced bold plans to make good-quality pre-school education more accessible and affordable.

The monthly income ceiling for additional pre-school subsidies for families would be raised from next year, as would the quantum of the subsidies.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 17, 2019, with the headline Quality pre-school education regardless of household income . Subscribe