Mendaki Tuition Program Fee Reduced from $210 to $10

SINGAPORE – Malay/Muslim students applying for the Mendaki Tuition Scheme (MTS) must pay an annual registration fee of just $10 starting this year – a steep drop from the previous $210.

The Yayasan Mendaki self-help group hopes this will make affordable, quality tuition more accessible to low-income families.

Mendaki Vice President Zaqy Mohamad said he hopes this will encourage more people to sign up and benefit from MTS.

“We want to streamline tuition fees so that every child has the opportunity to get an education and doesn’t have to worry about affordability.”

The program offers English, math, and science lessons for students in grades Primary 1 through Secondary 5.

On Saturday (February 5), 6,591 students registered for the program.

Mr Zaqy, who is also Minister of State for Manpower and Defence, said: “We are moving towards Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sectors, and strengths in Science , mathematics and technology must be much stronger”.

Of these students, more than 2,600 have enrolled in classes at virtual centers, where classes are held on the Zoom platform. The centres, which were launched this year alone, aim to reach those who find it difficult to attend physical cases for reasons such as the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Zaqy said.

MTS currently has 1,152 tutors, comprised of undergraduates, working professionals, and retirees.

Class sizes are small, with no more than 15 students each – a factor which students surveyed said helped improve their learning and grades.

Muhammmad Aniq Farhan Anel, a year 3 student at Marsiling Secondary School, said his math results have improved significantly since he enrolled in the tuition program early last year.

The 15-year-old normal (academic) student, who has three siblings who are also enrolled in the tuition program, said: “In school, a teacher has to teach a class of 30 students. Here at MTS , tutors can focus on a student if we don’t understand a concept.”

Her classmate Niqi Nurfalisha Norazmi, 16, first joined the program when she was in Secondary 1. She said the program greatly improved her grades in English and math.

“Before the diet, I had a lot of ‘U’ grades. But now I’m starting to get C5s.”

MTS also takes a more holistic approach, with enrichment programs for senior high school students. For example, the #[email protected] mentorship program aims to guide Secondary 3 and 4 students on their college options once they complete their O or N levels.

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