Provision of elder-friendly facilities in schools

Published Date: 10 September 2018 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Ms K Thanaletchimi, Nominated Member of Parliament

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (a) how many schools are currently equipped with elderly-friendly facilities like lifts or escalators to cater to the ageing teaching workforce and those who have mobility issues; and (b) for those schools without these facilities, whether there are any plans to install such facilities.

Response

1. MOE includes barrier-free accessibility enhancements, including lifts, whenever new schools are built or existing schools undergo major upgrading. About 70% of our Government primary and secondary schools are currently fitted with lifts.

2. The remaining schools would be provided with lifts over the next 5 years, either as part of their scheduled major upgrading works, or else as a special lift upgrading programme.

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