COVID-19: Attending schools is compulsory upon reopening on 2 June – Ong Ye Kung

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  • L
    It is very obvious that MOE and Ong Ye Kung cannot manage Home based learning despite the fact that Singapore is trying to go digital. While adults are encouraged to work from home, they are making kids to go to school compulsory. Remember the 1st primary school infection, the next few days more cases in Primary schools were picked up and fortunately circuit breaker starts and thankfully spreading in school was under control and our kids were protected. Even though precautionary measures were done in all school, ultimately infection still occurs. Active testing picked up many non symptomatic cases and it is worrying. It is just not right to make schopl compulsory during this season. Rather, parents has a great responsibility to ensure the safety of their own kids not MOE or the Education Minister because what responsibilty can they bear if anything happen to the kid? Say sorry... Or we regretted this incident? Apologies can be so easy..
  • P
    So be it. However, MOE has not given any back plan if school clusters start to manifest. What is the threshold before learning become home-based again, if infected clusters appear among students ?
    Singapore parents are very law-abiding and will send their children to school if it is mandatory, in the hope that there is a proper crisis and recovery plan.
    Threshold can be like - if 10 students or more are infected from the same school, the whole school will be closed...etc
    Minister Ong.. please be more holistic and provide proper clarity when making such decisions and announcements.These are not army boys but young and vulnerable children.
  • D
    David Chang
    Looking at the 4th G leadership for covid 19, there is no amount of education or training that can equip our young with foresight and common sense. The excessive stress in our system to inculcate respect to authoritative rules have already weaken the critical thinking ability - a quality deem essential to present day survival and creativity.
  • S
    Keeping children away from school may not prevent covid but keeping the children at HOME WILL keep them safe. If parents DO NOT feel safe shouldn't they be given a choice whether to keep their children at home or send them out? I mean it is their children...
  • J
    Ok. Send the children to school.. If an infection occurred in school and a child has to be hospitalised, will the school cover the cost under their insurance?
  • B
    Black Knight
    Parents has all the rights on what is best for their children care, but not you.

    Several questions need to raise,

    1. Do you undertake all responsibility if infected or died?
    2. If happen infected or Died, what is the compensation have set?
    3. Do you realise your decisions conflict with nation's agenda on COVID-19?
    4. What is the measure taken for abnormality children?
    5. What have done for Asthmatic bronchitis / allergy Children?
    6. Children and Adults with Mask allergies by wearing, If died, How?
    7. Are you going to place an ambulance and medical team in each school?
    8. What is the penal code to charge the children and parents for refusing your demand or order?
  • J
    and it is not right to make it compulsory as it is the right of the parents to decide whether or not to let their children go to school and be potentially exposed. Can you OYK be responsible for any outbreak and infection? all you can do is to maybe say sorry?, IF people ask for it. You need to test all teaching and admin staff before school starts... else you have no right to order us parents to send our kids to schools!!!
  • d
    For preschoolers school is not that important👆 Better be safe at home for now.
  • J
    Joseph Khoo
    What will MOE legally do if parents are still not convinced that this is the safest and right choice for their children by skipping school? Will MOE buy insurance for all children attending school to soften the financial impact of their families in the case of an undesirable infection? Moreover, MOE do not own these children so they have no right to insist without first having a national conversation/dialogue with their parents. In short whose heads must roll if something untoward happened to these innocent children? Will there be any public apologies from Ministers? Will we see immediate resignations from the decision-makers? We need to have the accountability and responsibility of the highest order when dealing with the future generations of Singaporeans. They are clearly our future. You don't just send them to the 'gas chambers'.
  • T
    I am Not letting my child go to school in June even if sch reopens. Parents, follow your wisdom, protect your children