SINGAPORE – Other school activities will resume for high school students and above from next January, such as extracurricular activities, assemblies and learning trips.
The Education Ministry said Monday, November 8, that it would resume more activities for high schools, colleges and the Millennia Institute, including the National School Games and the Singapore Youth Festival.
Institutes of higher education will also seek to bring back more aspects of campus life, such as more in-person classes and student activities, as well as larger-scale sporting events such as the Polytechnic-ITE games. and the interfaculty games.
In a Facebook post, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing noted that a holistic school experience goes beyond the classroom.
“When we look back on our school years, the most precious memories are those with our friends. Despite the disruption caused by Covid-19, our students need supportive social networks they can draw on – and these can only be formed by spending time with them. their peers, ”he said.
As part of a wider easing of restrictions from Wednesday (November 10), secondary schools and secondary or upper sections of special education schools, colleges, the Millennia Institute and institutes of higher education will be authorized to carry out hidden activities in sub-groups of up to five people.
These educational institutions will pilot the resumption of team sports to allow a group of up to 10 fully vaccinated people – including players, referees, linesmen – to play together, like a sports pilot. team managed by the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth.
As part of this pilot, participants must produce a valid negative rapid antigen test (ART) result on site before each match.
The Ministry of Education will review the results of these pilot projects in November and December to prepare for the intensification of these sports activities in 2022.
Chan said that by allowing more activities to resume, his ministry took into account the high vaccination rates for students over the age of 12. Additional precautionary measures such as ART for athletes will also be in place, he added.
On January 4, 2022, only kindergarten 1 children in MOE kindergartens and primary 1 students will come to their schools for the first day of school. This includes the primary and junior sections of special education schools, and is similar to the arrangement earlier this year.
A parent or guardian will be authorized to accompany his child or pupil from Kindergarten 1 or Primary 1 to his new school to help him better adapt to the new environment and new routines.
Kindergarten 2 children and elementary school students 2-6 will not return to school until a day later, on January 5th.
This will better facilitate the safe return of students at the start of the school year and ensure that safe management measures can be implemented effectively, the education ministry said.
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