May 18, 2018
Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament
Mr Azmoon Ahmad, Nominated Member of Parliament
To ask the Minister for Education (a) whether the Edusave Account can be used to pay for school fees where the student's family income is below the poverty threshold; and (b) whether the unutilised amount in the Edusave Account can be transferred to the individual's SkillsFuture fund after finishing school.
1. The purpose of Edusave Account is to support the development and upgrading of Singaporeans.
2. Hence, the funds in the Account can be used by Singaporean students aged 7 to 16 to pay for enrichment programmes organized by the MOE-funded schools, or to defray any additional fees beyond school fees and standard miscellaneous fees.
3. Unutilised monies in the Edusave Account will be transferred to the Post-Secondary Education Account in the year the child turns 17 years old or is no longer studying in an MOE-funded school, whichever happens later. The monies can be tapped on to defray the cost of post-secondary education or approved SkillsFuture courses.
4. To help students from low income families with schooling expenses, we have the MOE financial assistance scheme (FAS). Under the scheme, school fees and standard miscellaneous fees in Government and Government-Aided Schools will be waived.
5. For Primary and Secondary students, the scheme provides for free textbooks and uniforms, and subsidised transport and school meals. For Pre-University students, an annual bursary is provided. Similar assistance are extended to students from low income families under the Independent School Bursary (ISB) scheme.
6. Therefore, there has not been a need for students to tap on Edusave monies to pay their school fees and standard miscellaneous fees. We will continue to review the eligibility criteria for the FAS regularly. The latest review was at Budget 2018, where we extended the scheme to cover more students.