15 November 2010

The Plight Of Poor Students

The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund is a community project with the objective of providing children from low-income families with pocket money to attend school.  The money can be used for the purchase of food at school, bus fares, books and stationery.

Primary school children receive $45 a month and secondary school children receive $80 a month.

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents receiving full-time formal education; live in a four-room or smaller HDB flat; and belong to a household in which the gross monthly per capita income is $450 or less.

More than 12,400 children need $5 million in pocket money this year, according to a The Straits Times report.  This means each child receives just $400 a year, or $33.60 a month x 12 months or $10 a week x 40 school term weeks, depending on how the payouts are structured.  It is not clear why both numbers are lower than even the intended payout to primary school students.

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National Council of Social Service

The Straits Times, 13 November 2010.

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