More support for students from CDAC
PUBLISHED ON 22 Jun 2018
The Chinese Development Assistance Council will subsidise tuition fees for more needy students, and will also conduct tuition in smaller groups to help students keep up with their school lessons.
This new differentiated approach will allow better social mobility, giving the lower-income families an opportunity to catch up with the better-off. Called the “Planting grass and growing trees” ("种草、植树”) strategy, Minister for Education and Chairperson for the CDAC Mr Ong Ye Kung shared that the households that need help have dropped from 20 per cent to 14 per cent.
“The ironical thing is, the more we do, and the more we support students with talent to let them go as far they can... the wider (will be) the (inequality) gap,” he added. Even so, the CDAC will have to continue to tackle inequality even as it gets harder.

Mr Ong had previously brought up the issue of tackling social inequality in Singapore, and that it should be a national priority, during the debate to the President’s Address in a Parliament session last May.