Primary 6 pupils will be put on a study break from 25 to 29 Sep, while those from Primary 1 to 5 will be on home-based learning from 27 Sep to 6 Oct.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) announced on Saturday (Sept 18) that primary and special education schools will have P6 student go on a study break from 25 to 29 Sep and P1 to P5 students will be on HBL from 27 Sep to 6 Oct in the lead-up to the written PSLE papers.
The study break for Primary 6 pupils, who will sit the PSLE from Sept 30 to Oct 6, is to minimise the risk of school-based Covid-19 transmission and reduce the number of students issued quarantine orders or leave of absence before the exam. While putting all pupils from Primary 1 to 5 on home-based learning from Sept 27 until the end of PSLE was an “added precautionary measure”, said MOE.
PSLE starts on 30 Sep to 6 Oct. A similar arrangement was made last year prior to the start of the written papers for PSLE.
*Note that 8 Oct is Children's Day.
Schools To Stay Open
“MOE Kindergartens, Kindergarten Care Services and Student Care Centres will operate normally. Parents who are unable to work from home or secure alternative care arrangements can approach their children’s schools for assistance,” MOE said.
Encouraged to Self-Test
MOE is strongly encouraging students to do a Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Self-test (ART) at home before returning to school on these dates, P6 on 26 or 27 Sep and P1 to 5 on 4 or 5 Oct.
This is to ensure that they have sufficient time to take a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab test if necessary. A PCR is necessary if they test positive for an ART or 2 consecutive invalid ART results.