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