Singapore's first community school benefits Tampines residents
Wed, Jan 26, 2011
my paper

By David Lim

A PILOT project in Tampines West to allow school facilities to be used by residents after school hours has been a boon so far, said Minister of State for Education and Home Affairs Masagos Zulkifli yesterday.

Tampines Primary and Secondary schools in Tampines Street 12 together form Singapore's first Community School. Its sports halls, basketball courts and gym have been used by residents since last July.

The idea was mooted by Mr Masagos as he felt that the community could benefit from using the schools' amenities.

At a media briefing held at Tampines West Community Club, Mr Masagos also announced the launch of a new community scholarship programme - an enhanced version of the Tampines West Citizens' Consultative Committee (CCC) Community Development and Welfare Fund (CDWF) Bursary Award - which will offer $50,000.

Under the programme, Singapore citizens residing in Tampines West can apply for funding if they wish to study in a public or private education institution after secondary school. The scholarship programme will double the financial assistance provided by Tampines West CCC CDWF to $100,000.

Both awards aim to benefit about 270 students in total annually.

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