Singapore's total fertility rate sees slight improvement
Singapore has welcomed 33,205 new babies in 2012 bringing the country's total fertility rate or TFR to 1.29.
Revealing this in Parliament today during the Committee of Supply debate, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office, Grace Fu says the 2012 TFR is a slight improvement from 2011 where there were 30,946 new babies born to Singapore citizens.
The TFR in 2011 was 1.20.
Replying to several points raised by MPs during the debate, Ms Fu says the government has set aside an annual budget of 2.3 billion dollars for marriage and parenthood measures.
And as part of it, further improvements are being made to the pre-school sector and Education and Social and Family Development Ministries will provide further details of these initiatives.
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