Press Releases

January 23, 2011

Top-Ups for Edusave Funds and Enhanced CDC/CCC Bursary Scheme for ITE Students

To raise the quality of education for our students, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will increase the Edusave funds for students and schools by $154.8 million. The Community Development Council (CDC)/Citizens’ Consultative Committee (CCC) bursary awarded to needy students from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) will also be enhanced. Dr Ng Eng Hen, Minister for Education and Second Minister for Defence, announced these at his ministerial community visit to Bukit Timah today.

Increased Edusave Funds for Students and Schools

Edusave Account Top Up of $54.8 million

As part of our efforts to enrich the learning experience of students, MOE will make a one-off top-up of $130 to the Edusave accounts of all primary and secondary Singapore Citizen (SC) students, including those in special education schools. This amounts to $54.8 million. Together with the annual contribution by MOE, each SC student will receive $330 and $370 at the primary and secondary levels respectively1 in their Edusave Accounts in 2011 (Refer to Table 1). They will thus have more funds for enrichment programmes organised by their schools, such as personal development programmes (e.g. leadership and IT courses), local and overseas learning journeys, and sports and games.

Table 1: One-off Top-up To Edusave Accounts
Type of Scheme Level Contribution rate for 2011 per student One-off top-up per student in 2011 Total amount received
Edusave Account Primary $200 $130 $330
Secondary $240 $130 $370

Edusave Grant Injection of $100 million for ICT

Leveraging on Information Communication Technology (ICT) for Education is a key strategy to prepare our students to be self-directed and collaborative learners. ICT also allows learning experiences to be better customised to each student.

To enhance teaching and learning through the use of ICT in schools, MOE has disbursed a one-off $100 million injection to the Edusave Grant of all Government and Government-Aided Schools and Independent Schools in 2010 to upgrade or procure additional IT equipment such as notebooks and netbooks. Primary schools received an additional $158 per student bringing the total grant amount to $208 per student. Secondary schools, junior colleges and the centralised institute have received an additional $258 per student amounting to a total grant of $348 per student at the secondary level and $378 per student at the junior college and centralised institute level.

Enhanced CDC/CCC Bursary Scheme for ITE Students

To ensure that no deserving student is deprived of an education at the ITE as a result of financial need, MOE will increase the CDC/CCC bursary given to SC ITE students by 25 percent. ITE students from households with a monthly per capita income2 of $300 or less would receive $1,000 per year, up from the current $800. Those from households with a monthly per capita income from $301 to $500 would receive $750 per year, an increase from the current $600. These changes would benefit students from the bottom 20% of households by income (Refer to Table 2). All existing and new SC ITE students whose households meet the income criterion can make use of this enhanced bursary scheme from the Academic Year 2011 onwards.

Table 2: CDC/CCC Bursary Quantum for ITE Students from AY2011
Monthly Per Capita Household Income Quantum of Award (per annum)
Current Revised from AY2011
$300 or less
Up to the 15th percentile
$800 $1,000
(+$200, or 25%)
$301-$500
Up to the 20th percentile
$600 $750
(+$150, or 25%)

Background on the Edusave Scheme

The Edusave Scheme was started by the Government in 1993 to level up educational opportunities for Singaporeans. The Edusave Scheme comprises three key components:

  • Edusave Pupils Fund (EPF) — The Government makes yearly contributions into the Edusave accounts of all Singaporean pupils studying in mainstream schools and government-funded special education schools. Pupils can tap on these funds to participate in enrichment activities and learning experiences, where they can pursue their interests and develop their strengths;
  • Edusave Grants (EG) — Annual grants are given to Government and Government-aided schools and junior colleges/ centralised institute, independent schools and junior colleges, Institutes of Technical Education, and special education schools. Schools and institutions can use the grants to procure resources and equipment, and conduct programmes to enhance the quality of teaching and learning; and
  • Edusave Awards (EA) — Awards are given to Singaporean students who have performed well or made good progress in their school work, or have obtained achievements in non-academic activities.

Footnotes:

  1. These amounts include the students’ annual contributions.
  2. Per capita household income refers to the total income of all those living in the household divided by the number of people living in the household.