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Enhanced STEP-UP

Enhanced STEP-UP (ESU) is an initiative by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) to support Ministry of Education (MOE) schools. 

It is a support programme for students at risk of dropping out of school, as well as out-of-school youth. There are two main services under the programme, namely Service A and Service B:

  • Service A is to help students with attendance issues to improve in school attendance and remain in school.
  • Service B is to help students with more serious absenteeism issues to improve their attendance; and drop-outs so that they may return to schooling or be meaningfully engaged

The ESU involves casework and counselling, family intervention, group work, life skills training and/or post care provided by approved ESU Agencies or  Service Providers.

Who can benefit? 

The youth must be:

  • a Singapore citizen or permanent resident below the age of 21
  • a student in an approved learning institute (e.g. MOE primary/secondary schools, ITE)
  • identified by schools as at risk of dropping out of school and with attendance issues

Agencies providing Enhanced STEP-UP services 

Schools may contact these agencies directly to arrange for them to help the students.

List of ESU Agencies 2017
(updated 5 May 2017)


Schools can refer students to the approved Enhanced STEP-UP agencies without making any funding arrangements. 

The contract for Enhanced STEP-UP services is signed between approved Enhanced STEP-UP agencies and MSF. 

For schools' reference

For more information 

For general Enhanced STEP-UP Enquiries: 

Mr John Cheng
Central Youth Guidance Office 

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Last Reviewed On Wed, Sep 6, 2017

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