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798 Students Applauded for their Outstanding Achievements
at the Self-Help Groups’ Joint Tuition Awards Online Ceremony

The Self-Help Groups (SHGs), namely, the Chinese Development Assistance Council (CDAC), The Eurasian Association (EA), the Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) and Yayasan MENDAKI, applauded 798 well-deserving students for their outstanding achievements in their PSLE, GCE N- and O-level examinations, at an online ceremony held on 29th August 2020.

Joint Tuition Award Online Ceremony 2020

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the prohibition of large gatherings, the four SHGs held the annual award ceremony online. The ceremony was graced by Guest-of-Honour Mr Masagos Zulkifli, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Health.

The ceremony was live-streamed to YouTube and watched by more than 1,500 guests including family members of award recipients, tutors and well-wishers to celebrate the students’ achievements.

In his speech, Guest-of-Honour Minister Masagos said that the SHGs play a critical role in fostering strong bonds across communities, while serving the specific needs of the different ethnic groups, especially in this COVID-19 pandemic.

He also commended the tutors in the Collaborative Tuition Programme for working tirelessly to innovate and improve modes of teaching that are suited for virtual learning without compromising on quality. “While things may not return to the pre-COVID ways any time soon, I urge everyone to keep up the spirit of resilience. We need to continue to help one another to thrive in these unprecedented times so that we may emerge from this pandemic stronger and more united than ever,” said the Minister.

Mr Anbarasu Rajendran, CEO, SINDA said “The Joint Tuition Awards has been an excellent platform for all four Self-help Groups to come together, laud our students’ achievements and inspire them towards greater success. We continue to do that this year, albeit virtually. With 181 SINDA recipients in 2020, SINDA is proud to see students in our tutorial programmes remain steadfast in their academic performance. Together with the other SHGs, we remain committed to ensuring that our students achieve their fullest potential, as one Singaporean community.”

Source:  SINDA’s press release

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