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Every Singaporean should have access to learning opportunities, regardless of his starting point, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat.

Here are some initiatives announced at the Ministry of Education's (MOE) Committee of Supply debate yesterday:

MORE CARE CENTRES

There will be 20 more school-based student care centres this year, and another 20 more next year.

There are currently 100 such centres, which provide a structured and supportive environment for students after school.

MORE SUPPORT FOR SPECIAL NEEDS

The school-based Dyslexia Remediation programme will be expanded to all schools by next year. Currently, two in three primary schools offer this programme.

MORE FINANCIAL HELP

Transport: Students under the MOE Financial Assistance Scheme will receive $120 in transport credit annually.

Primary school students who take the school bus will get 50 per cent of the regular bus fare subsidised. Currently, these students receive free textbooks and uniforms.

Bursaries: The household income criterion for the Edusave Merit Bursary will be raised from $5,000 to $6,000 to benefit more students.

The bursary is awarded to students who are within the top 25 per cent of each level and course in their schools.

MORE OPTIONS

From June, there will be more than 300 modular courses at universities and polytechnics for Singaporeans to enrol in short bite-sized classes. Those aged 25 and above can tap into their $500 SkillsFuture Credit available next year to enrol in these courses.