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Updated: 04/17/2013 23:54 | By Channel NewsAsia

Education has role to play in breaking up poverty cycle: Indranee Rajah

Education has role to play in breaking up poverty cycle: Indranee Rajah


Education has role to play in breaking up poverty cycle: Indranee Rajah

SINGAPORE: The role that Singapore's education system can play in breaking up the poverty cycle in the country - that was the topic discussed by students at a dialogue organised by REACH and the NUS Students Political Association.

Some 100 students fielded a range of questions on the topic "Our Education - Is Change Needed".

They said they hoped to see an accessible and affordable pre-school education to better level the playing field for the young.

Senior Minister of State for Education Indranee Rajah said she believes the way to do so is to make sure that there is a system where everyone gets a fair shot.

She said: "Life is such that not everybody's circumstances are the same but what we have to do is to have a system where everybody gets a chance to learn, to progress and be educated. Can we break up the poverty cycle? The answer is yes. Can everybody do it the same way? The answer would probably be no. But we must try and make sure as many people get the chance to do so." - CNA/jc

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