Locating the Merged School at the Premises of Bedok North Secondary School

Published Date: 05 April 2016 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Pritam Singh, Aljunied GRC

Question

To ask the Acting Minister for Education (Schools) in view of the forthcoming merger of Bedok North Secondary School with Damai Secondary School in January 2018, whether the Ministry will consider locating the merged school at the premises of Bedok North Secondary School in view of better transportation links at the location of this school.

Response

Due to falling cohort sizes of secondary school students, there has been a corresponding decline in the overall demand for school places leading to a significant excess of secondary school places. In March this year, the Ministry of Education (MOE) announced that 11 pairs of secondary schools will be merged in 2017 and 2018.

Bedok North Secondary School and Damai Secondary School will merge in 2018. The decision was to locate the merged school at the Damai Secondary School site for the following reasons:-

  1. The Damai Secondary School site offers a better teaching and learning environment as it is bounded by Bedok Reservoir Park and Bedok Reservoir on one side and residential estates on the other. On the other hand, the Bedok North Secondary School site is located at the edge of the Kaki Bukit industrial estate.
  2. Both school sites will be well-served by the future Downtown Line and within comfortable walking distance of MRT stations. In addition, the Damai Secondary school site is served by more bus services compared to the Bedok North Secondary site.
  3. Finally, we also looked at the quality of infrastructure for the two sites. Damai Secondary School would be equipped with new facilities such as an Indoor Sports Hall and synthetic field when the upgrading is completed by end 2018. After the upgrading, the Damai Secondary site would have better and newer facilities compared to Bedok North Secondary.

MOE will work with both schools to ensure a smooth merger and provide the best learning outcomes for its students and at the same time, forge a strong school identity for the school community.

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