SINGAPORE, Sept. 25 (Xinhua) -- The Singapore government said on Friday that it plans to spend 560 million Singapore dollars (396.6 million U.S. dollars) to enhance primary school infrastructure.
The country's Ministry of Education will be building 11 new primary schools and upgrading another 28 existing schools from November 2009.
This is the first phase of the ministry's plans to enhance primary school infrastructure to facilitate the transition of primary schools to a single session.
The government plans to build a total of 18 new schools and enhance up to 80 existing ones in phases.
The ministry said that with a single session, schools will be able to provide greater flexibility in time and space for teachers to deliver a more holistic education to their pupils. Pupils will be able to benefit from a wider range of academic and non-academic activities that will nurture life skills and develop their character.
The ministry targets to facilitate the transition of all government primary schools to single session by 2016.