Committee of Supply 2021 debate, Day 7: Shahira Abdullah on impact of COVID-19 pandemic on low-income youths
08 Mar 2021 02:32pm
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected vulnerable groups, including youths from low-income households. NMP Shahira Abdullah said some have started working to help support their families, from as young as age 14. They may stop studying and end up in menial jobs or in the gig economy long term, effectively perpetuating the poverty cycle. Dr Shahira asked for data on the number of youths who are working while studying and if there are initiatives to encourage them to stay in school. She also asked about take-up rates for job and training support programmes among low-income youths.