28 Nov '11, 11am

Lee Kuan Yew proposes S$100m bilingualism fund

Lee Kuan Yew proposes S$100m bilingualism fund

SINGAPORE: Singapore's former Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew has proposed a S$100 million bilingualism fund to enhance the teaching of mother tongue languages to pre-schoolers. Speaking at the launch of his new book, "My Lifelong Challenge: Singapore's Bilingual Journey", Mr Lee said the money will be used to expose pre-schoolers to both English and their mother tongue in the first few years of their life. The fund, to be named the Lee Kuan Yew Bilingualism Fund, may also be expanded later to cover pre-nursery pupils. Calling it his "lifelong challenge", Mr Lee spoke about the struggles he faced - both personally and politically - to transform Singapore into a bilingual nation. He reveals in his book why he did away with vernacular schools despite violent political resistance, why he closed Nanyang University, and why he later started Special Assistance Plan schools. Recalli...

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