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Additional Precautionary Measures for Primary Schools in the Lead Up to PSLE

Published Date: 18 September 2021 09:30 AM

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1. In view of the recent rise in COVID-19 community cases, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will be implementing additional precautionary measures in primary and Special Education (SPED) schools offering the National Curriculum in the lead up to the start of written papers for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE)1. This will better protect our younger students who are not yet medically eligible for vaccination.

Home-Based Learning for P1-P5 Students from 27 September – 6 October

2. Similar to the arrangements for the 2020 year-end national examinations, Primary 6 students will go on a study break prior to the PSLE from 25 to 29 September 2021. This is to minimise the risk of school-based transmissions and reduce the number of students placed on Quarantine Order (QO) or Leave of Absence (LOA) prior to the examination.

3. As an added precautionary measure, we will also implement a Home-Based Learning (HBL) period for all Primary 1 to 5 students this year, from 27 September 2021 till the end of the PSLE (6 October 2021).

4. The arrangements for primary school students in the lead-up to PSLE are as follows:

25 – 29 Sep 2021 30 Sep – 6 Oct 2021
Primary 6 PSLE study break Sitting for the PSLE
27 Sep – 6 Oct 2021
Primary 1 – 5 HBL

5. Primary and SPED schools will remain open for students who require additional support during the period of HBL. MOE Kindergartens, KCare 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.

Self-Testing Prior to Return to School

6. To ensure the safe return of students to school, students are strongly encouraged to do an Antigen Rapid Test (ART) swab test at home on the following dates. This will allow for sufficient time to take a confirmatory Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) swab test if necessary (i.e. if tested positive for ART swab or when obtaining two consecutive invalid ART results).

  • Primary 6: Either on 27 or 28 September 2021
  • Primary 1 – 5: Either on 4 or 5 October 2021

7. MOE will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation closely and implement additional measures to keep our school environment safe, where necessary. We urge all students and staff to continue practising good personal hygiene, adhere to Safe Management Measures, and exercise social responsibility.

  1. The written papers for the PSLE will commence on 30 September 2021 and end on 6 October 2021.