01 Apr 2015

SINDA’s Multi- Pronger Approach Better Indian Students’ Grades


Press Release


1 April 2015 – Deputy Prime Minister Tharman Shamugaratnam, joined by other SINDA trustees and community leaders, came to observe SINDA’s STEP programme at Ping Yi Secondary School on Wednesday, 1 April.

SINDA’s STEP (SINDA Tutorials for Enhanced Performance) is a holistic tutorial programme designed to help primary and secondary students better their grades in English, Maths and Science. Since its inception in 1992, the tutorial programme has benefitted over 60,000 students and has helped raised the academic performance of Indian students.

The specialised multi-pronged approach has been key to the programme’s success. To fill students’ learning gaps, customised curriculum is provided to cater to the learning needs of each individual student. These differentiated materials, while helping students to understand the concepts better, have also aided in levelling them up.

To help intensify their focus on a particular subject, flexibility is given to students to opt for double maths or science lessons. While small class sizes allow experienced and qualified tutors to pay individualised attention to weaker students by adopting varied teaching methods, ICT integrated lessons allow students to learn through experiential learning.

Of the motivational programmes SINDA conducts, Mr Basheer, who has been a tutor with STEP for two years commented,” Whiz boosters is a good initiative and it helps students to deal with stress and anger management which in turn supplements their learning”.

Besides visiting the classrooms, DPM Tharman, who is also the chairman of SINDA, engaged parents in a half-hour dialogue session to hear their feedback on the programme.



The Singapore Indian Development Association (SINDA) is a Self-Help Group, set up in August 1991 to address educational and socio-economic issues facing the Indian community in Singapore.

SINDA actively strives to build a well-educated and confident community of Indians that stands together with the other communities in contributing to the progress of multi-racial Singapore. In the course of fulfilling its objectives, SINDA works closely with many volunteers, schools and grassroots organisations. In the process, SINDA has steadily evolved into a credible organisation that serves as a pillar of the Singapore Indian community.

Today, SINDA runs a wide array of programmes that not only effectively serves to uplift the educational performance of Indian students, but also promotes family harmony and uplifts the social status of ethnic Indians.

Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, is Chairman of SINDA’s Board of Trustees. Miss Indranee Rajah, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education, is President of the Executive Committee.

For more information on SINDA, visit the website – www.sinda.org.sg


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