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No need for heritage fund for schools: Indranee

All schools already receive a range of funds according to their operations and programmes, Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah says.

SINGAPORE: Holland-Bukit Timah GRC Member of Parliament Christopher de Souza has called for the Ministry of Education (MOE) to allow for a heritage fund for schools so “each school (can) record and display its heritage”.

Mr de Souza said in Parliament on Wednesday (July 9) that doing so “would allow every school to establish its own identity entrenched in its own unique history and heritage”. “Parents and potential students could see the rich identity and this could draw them to that particular school,” said Mr de Souza, who had also asked the MOE for an update on its plan to make “Every School A Good School”.

In response, Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah acknowledged that a school’s heritage was important because “it gives students a sense of identity … (and) belonging”.

However, she felt it might not be necessary to establish a heritage fund “as all schools receive a range of funds according to their operations and programmes” already.

She added that “if a school has a specific project that requires more funding, it can put that request up, and we can consider it”.

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