18 Feb '11, 8am

Too early to review fertility schemes: DPM Wong: SINGAPORE: Schemes to boost Singapore's fertility rate will be

SINGAPORE: Schemes to boost Singapore's fertility rate will be reviewed when the time is right, said Deputy Prime Minister Wong Kan Seng. Mr Wong said this in response to a question in parliament from MPs, who wanted to know what new strategies the government will pursue to increase the fertility rate among Singaporeans. The country's Total Fertility Rate (TFR) hit an all-time low of 1.16 last year. Mr Wong, who is also the minister in charge of population issues, said it is too early to assess the effectiveness of the current schemes, as they have only been in place for two-and-a half years. The schemes include the Baby Bonus package, increased maternity and childcare leave, as well as higher childcare subsidies. "I think the issue is far more complex than putting in more money or encouraging people to have babies," Mr Wong said. "And as Mr Hri Kumar pointed out, we have ...

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