Singapore: National school sports competitions and outdoor activities such as external CCAs will be suspended as the Ministry of Education (MoE) extends current safe management measures amid an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Singapore announced stringent community measures on Tuesday (4 May), scheduled to take place between 8 May and 30 May.
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The increased measures will be introduced in MOE kindergartens, primary and secondary schools, special education schools, junior colleges, Millennia Institutes and Higher Education Institutions (IHLs).
A press release stated, “The latest measures aim to reduce mutual relations of students in schools / institutions and minimize outdoor activities, ensuring that teaching and learning continues.”
These measures include exam-style fixed class seating and a reduction in group size of activities from eight people to five people.
The MOE said that in-class class and lecture size should be kept up to 50 people and large classes and lectures should be kept online.
Activities conducted in public places are suspended.
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School care regimes and school-based CCAs will continue, subject to stringent measures.
“School-based mid-year assessment and mid-year GCE O- and A-level Mother Tongue language examinations will proceed,” the MOE said.
The remaining national school sports competitions will be suspended. This is to reduce the gap between students in schools and institutions, the MOE said.
“When the Ministry gives permission, we will monitor the situation and resume the remaining competitions.
Applications for the 2021 Direct School Admission practice, which open on May 5, and the selection process will be conducted electronically.
The Ministry of Education said, “Selection for the upcoming polytechnic and ITE Early Admission Exercise will also be made largely through electronic means such as online interviews, or portfolio presentations over email.”
The IHL will adopt the same tightening as safe management measures during the same period. Internships and work attachments will continue, with students pursuing the measures prevalent in the organizations associated with it.
From May 8, polytechnic graduation ceremonies will also be converted into virtual ceremonies.
The Ministry of Education has offered pre-tertiary and tertiary courses as well as private tuition and enrichment classes from private educational institutions, so as to follow stringent measures.
“It is important that all students and staff continue to follow screening measures and practice good personal hygiene. We strongly urge parents and students to play their role to be socially responsible, ”said MoE.
“If feeling unwell, students and staff should seek medical attention immediately, and not come to school or IHL campuses.”
TRACETOGETHER-ON secured only from May 17
In conjunction with the national roll-out, Trestelli-only SafeAntry will be implemented in schools and institutions from 17 May.
The MOE said that students should have a Trestext token or app with them at school throughout the day to facilitate correct contact tracing.
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The MOE stated that visitors and staff members should check using their traceless token or app to allow entry into schools and institutions, with the entire MOE having their token or app.
The ministry said it “will continue to closely monitor the situation and make adjustments according to the national currency”, it said.
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