Launched in May 2013 by MENDAKI SENSE, this pilot programme enables school-based student care centres to recruit teachers and learning needs specialists. Additional subsidies are provided for students from needy families. The programme is currently available at Blangah Rise Primary School and will be implemented in one other school-based student care centre.
The programme will benefit more than 240 students over two years, including seven-year-old Leong Jun Tao. Jun Tao’s teachers had observed that his short attention span affected his performance in school. However, his parents were struggling to make ends meet and could not afford to provide him the additional support he needed. Under Temasek Cares-A PLUS, Jun Tao is assisted by a learning needs specialist, and is now better able to focus on his school work. “My son is now less dependent. He can do work on his own. He is better in reading and his English has improved,” says Madam Hooi, Jun Tao’s mother.