SINGAPORE: The former Raffles Junior College campus at Mount Sinai is the most suitable interim site for an upcoming Junior College (JC) as it best meets the school’s needs, said Education Minister Heng Swee Keat on Monday (Jul 13).
“It is sufficiently large and has the right complement of facilities such as lecture theatres, sporting facilities and common spaces,” said Mr Heng, in a written parliamentary reply. “This site best meets the needs of the new JC’s curriculum and programmes.”
The school’s permanent campus in Sin Ming Avenue is expected to be completed at end-2019, but it would start taking in Integrated Programme (IP) students from Catholic High School, Singapore Chinese Girls’ School and CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School in 2017.
At a dialogue session in May, some parents had expressed concern about the distance between their homes and the holding campus, and requested the Ministry of Education (MOE) reconsider the former ITE Ang Mo Kio campus as a holding site.
“We did so but after weighing all the factors carefully, we have reaffirmed the Mount Sinai site as the most suitable interim campus, and have conveyed this to parents,” said Mr Heng.
The Education Minister explained that the Mount Sinai site is accessible to JC-age students even if it is further from home for some of the students who are in the IP. He noted that it is served by several bus services and is within walking distance to Buona Vista MRT station.
He also pointed out that Raffles JC operated at the Mount Sinai site for 20 years and had students from all over Singapore, and Dunman High School had used…