COVID-19: MOE terminates student passes of 2 foreign students

Travellers in face masks seen at the Singapore cruise Centre on 5 March 2020. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
Travellers in face masks seen at the Singapore cruise Centre on 5 March 2020. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — Two international tertiary students will have their Student Passes terminated for breaching the requirements of a Stay Home Notice (SHN) and a Leave of Absence (LOA) notice respectively.

In a statement on Tuesday (10 March), a Ministry of Education (MOE) spokesperson said the two students are from the National Institute of Education (NIE) of the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), and the National University of Singapore (NUS).

The former, an international postgraduate student, breached his SHN and repeatedly provided false information to the institution and the NIE Board of Discipline about his travel movements. The other, an international exchange student, was found to have breached the LOA requirements and made a false travel declaration to NUS.

SHNs are served to Singapore residents and long-term pass holders returning from mainland China, Iran, northern Italy and South Korea. They are required to remain in their place of residence at all times for a 14-day period after their return to Singapore.

“In view of the recent surge in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, it is imperative that all students issued with SHN comply strictly with its requirements to limit the risk from potential imported cases and to safeguard our community,” said an MOE spokesperson.

Students who are found to have breached their LOA or SHN will be subject to disciplinary actions from their schools and institutions. In addition to school sanctions, students who do not comply with the SHN may also be prosecuted under the Infectious Diseases Act.

Permanent Residents, Dependent Pass (DP) or Student Pass (STP) holders may also have their Re-Entry Permit, DP, or STP revoked or shortened.

Last month, two Chinese nationals were charged under the Infectious Diseases Act for giving false information on their whereabouts to authorities.

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