Student care centres

Published Date: 10 January 2017 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Liang Eng Hwa, Holland-Bukit Timah GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) (a) what is the progress on the setting up of school-based Student Care Centres (SCCs) in all primary schools; (b) whether the Ministry is seeing increasing demand for more places; and (c) whether the Ministry has plans to increase the number of places in each school.

Response

1. The Ministry of Education (MOE) recognises that Student Care Centres (SCCs) provide important after-school support for students. MOE has steadily increased the number of school-based SCCs from less than 50 five years ago to 147 today, and the overall enrolment has risen steadily from about 3,000 to more than 18,000 students.

2. MOE is on track to open SCCs in all primary schools by end 2020. The provision of school-based SCC places has largely kept pace with demand. The majority of the schools do not have waitlists. For the schools with a waitlist, the average number of students on waitlist is less than ten.

3. MOE will continue to monitor the demand for school-based SCC places closely, and work with our schools to improve the accessibility of SCCs through the setting up of new SCCs as well as expanding capacity for existing ones, where appropriate, at a pace that does not compromise quality.

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