SINGAPORE: “Are you going to email the form teacher?” asked one mum from my son’s Secondary 1 parents’ WhatsApp group after I’d inadvertently opened the Pandora’s box by wondering aloud if anyone else was concerned that our boys’ school was near the heart of a COVID-19 cluster. The replies came fast and furious. Parents were worried their children took public transport and shared the same commute with students from many affected schools and tuition centres in the East. Another pointed out that despite the lack of reported COVID-19 cases at the school thus far, many boys there had younger siblings who went to an affected primary school nearby. I gulped nervously. Next came the pings from my daughter’s Primary 2 parents’ WhatsApp group, circulating a REACH e-feedback form for parents to state their concerns about COVID-19 infections in schools. A deluge of comments followed. READ: Commentary: The struggle mums in their 30s, 40s face juggling young kids and work is real ... » Learn More about Commentary: Our juggling act with home-based learning last year was mental
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It's a balmy Sunday afternoon and the Jalan Besar Sport Centre, usually filled with the sounds of swimming pool-goers, is unnaturally still. The stadium is also devoid of life, save for a small executive suite in the stands. The space, filled with a veritable supply of used laptops and their accompanying parts, is quite aptly named the Salvage Garden. Here, a group of men and women work furiously on a pile of laptops (called The Pile, of course), sorting them and evaluating their tech specs. Is it fast enough? Does it have enough capacity? Is it missing a part? And most importantly, can it be fixed? If can't, the laptop is sent to a corner where its organs — its RAM, hard drive, WiFi cards, and batteries — are harvested for other laptops that need them. Requests for laptops started pouring in because of Home-Based Learning "Tons of people have spare laptops at home. They don't know what to do with it or they have small issues like it hangs, or it's just slow ... » Learn More about S’poreans refurbish over 1,300 laptops for kids to do Home-Based Learning during Circuit Breaker
* denotes name changed to protect the person’s identity SINGAPORE: When Jane* opened up to her secondary school counsellor about the cold wars and troubles she was having with some close friends, she was told that “life’s like that”. That was the then 14-year-old’s first session. “I felt ignored, like (school counselling is hopeless) even if I bring up my problems,” said Jane, now 17 and in her first year at junior college. She had been “mandated” to attend counselling because she was frequently late for class and did not submit homework on time. She recalled her form teacher telling her outside the classroom, in full view and within earshot of her classmates, that a session had been arranged to address her tardiness. “It brings the idea that those who aren’t faring well have some problems and need to see the counsellor, rather than (the idea that) people … want to see a counsellor because of personal reasons,” she said. After three compulsory sessions on her time ... » Learn More about ‘With school counsellors, it’s really hit-or-miss’: Behind the challenge of safeguarding student mental health
Every morning, Adelaide Dolar would ask a favor: could she charge her mobile phone at her neighbor's house? She didn't have electricity at home, and her children needed her gadget for online class work. She did this for the whole duration of the school year 2020-2021. The pandemic made it difficult for financially struggling families like hers to fulfill their children's needs for distance learning, the 43-year-old vendor from Batangas province told Rappler in an interview on Sunday, July 18. Despite this, she made sure that her children would not miss school the past year, when the government enforced a remote setup due to pandemic lockdowns. Her three children – all basic education students – were enrolled under the modular learning system. The eldest, who was in Grade 10, needed to occasionally attend online classes. The younger ones, however, couldn't just answer the modules distributed by the school; they also needed to watch video lessons uploaded on ... » Learn More about Distance learning in the Philippines: A year of hits and misses
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg In Parliament on Tuesday (Jul. 27), Minister for Education Chan Chun Sing addressed the River Valley High School incident , in which a 13-year-old student died. In his ministerial statement, Chan recognised the courage of the students and teachers at River Valley High School for seeking help in the aftermath of the incident, and encouraged them to continue to do so. "To those who are struggling still, I want you to know that we are here for you," he said. "Reach out. Let us know if you need help, and we will do what we can to support you." He also appealed to the public to not stigmatise the students, staff, and families who are seeking help: "Reaching out for help is a sign of strength, and not weakness. Let this incident motivate all of us to take down our barriers and treat struggling individuals who step forward with care and compassion." Chan also further addressed the issue of ... » Learn More about ‘There is always more we can, we must, & we want to do’: Chan Chun Sing on more mental health support for students
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg The 16-year-old River Valley High suspect's previous suicide attempt was a "real cry for help", President Halimah Yacob wrote in a Facebook post on July 23. The head of state was reflecting on the River Valley High incident , and said Singapore society is "ill equipped" to deal with mental health matters. "Attempted suicides are a real cry for help" In her post, Halimah mourned for the parents who lost their 13-year-old son after he was allegedly killed in school by his older school mate , calling it "a great tragedy". "A young life lost with promises and hopes unfulfilled. No words can describe how the parents who had lovingly nurtured this child only to so suddenly have him snatched away are feeling now, and how they can recover from that pain." However, Halimah also empathised with the 16-year-old suspect and his family, and said she could not help "feeling sorry" for them ... » Learn More about 16-year-old River Valley High student’s previous suicide attempt a ‘cry for help’: Halimah Yacob
SINGAPORE - All students and staff of Punggol Primary School will undergo mandatory swab tests on Thursday (July 29) and Friday. This comes after a new cluster linked to a cleaner at Punggol Primary School was identified on Tuesday and grew to seven cases on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health. Meanwhile, the school will switch to home-based learning from Thursday to Aug 6. In response to queries from The Straits Times, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Wednesday night that one teacher and two students have also tested positive. The teacher is not a close contact of the students. Investigations are underway to see if the cases are linked. Another two contract cleaners and one non-teaching staff from the school have tested positive for Covid-19. All of them had not been in close contact with students and teachers. [[nid:538303]] MOE said: "All close contacts of confirmed cases have been placed under quarantine order or leave of absence." Punggol Primary ... » Learn More about Mandatory swab tests for all Punggol Primary School students and staff as Covid-19 cluster grows to 7
This question at the Philippine Business for Education's (PBEd) July 5 press conference was key. Since early 2021, PBEd has been beating the drums to warn against this learning crisis. A week later, the question gained greater prominence when the IATF reviewed the controversy that had erupted between Department of Education (DepEd) Secretary Leonor Briones and the World Bank (WB) . DepEd Secretary Leonor Briones was the star of the IATF session, earning praise from President Duterte for extracting a public apology from the WB, which had released a report on the poor state of basic education in the country. But the summary conclusion of the meeting, which suggested that the president was not unduly worried about education, seemed to misunderstand Secretary Briones’ issues with the WB and the gravity of the problems facing the department. The case of Briones against the WB rested on three points. First, it released its study to the media without giving her prior ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Does the government believe there is a learning crisis?
WE all know that lockdowns are temporary measures to control the spread of Covid-19 within the community and lessen the healthcare burden. However, there are major concerns about how they can negatively affect people’s mental health. As a paediatrician, I receive numerous calls and visits by parents worried about their children’s health – especially those less than five years old. Most parents assume that the older age group would understand the pandemic better than the young ones and thus handle it better. I beg to differ. Here are some observed effects of lockdowns on children. > Developmental milestones – For school-going children, repeated school closures and strict movement control cause a significant reduction in having direct contact with their peers. Such measures also prevent children from participating in social activities like going to the playground or having playdates. This situation may make them feel lonely and anxious and some (especially young adults) ... » Learn More about How do lockdowns affect our children and what can we do to help them?
REUTERS: The British government has been urged to mandate a minimum standard protocol for concussions across sports in a bid to reduce the risk of brain injuries among athletes, according to a parliament committee report published on Thursday. The Digital, Culture, Media & Sport Committee (DCMS) launched an inquiry in March to examine links between concussion and dementia as well as efforts to improve player welfare in professional sports. After considering evidence from medical experts and sports governing bodies, the committee chair Julian Knight said he was astounded that sport should be left by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to "mark its own homework" on risks involved. "We've been shocked by evidence from athletes who suffered head trauma, putting their future health on the line in the interests of achieving sporting success for the UK," Knight said. "The failure by these sporting organisations to address the issue of acquired brain injury is compounded by ... » Learn More about Sport-Parliamentary inquiry urges UK-wide minimum standard protocol for head injuries