25 Mar '12, 9pm

(TODAY) Looking out for needy students

SINGAPORE - Unlike some of her peers, Raffles Girls' School student Pearlynn Wee, 16, has to be judicious with her pocket money - she gets S$20 a week from her parents - and that often means foregoing the luxuries that her friends enjoy, such as eating out and watching the latest movies. While her humble family background - her father works as a delivery driver and her mother is a bus attendant - also means she is unable to join her schoolmates on some school trips such as an immersion programme to Japan, she said: "It doesn't really matter to me ... I have been to Malaysia with the Girls' Brigade and that is good enough." Similarly, Raffles Institution (RI) second-year student Shakran Abu Baker, 14, said he always reminds himself of "the difference between a need and a want". Noting that some of his schoolmates carry the latest gadgets, he said his family of six share a l...

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