The challenges of preparing for the PSLE during the COVID-19 pandemic
As Primary 6 students across the island gear up for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE), they will undergo a rite of passage that has been made more stressful and uncertain with the spike in COVID-19 cases.
Over the past few days, daily cases have soared above 1,000 amid a new wave of infections Singapore is experiencing as it transits to living with COVID-19 as an endemic disease.
On Friday (Sep 24), the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force warned that if the numbers continue rising at the current trajectory, the country could expect to reach a daily count of about 3,200 in the next week.
In contrast, daily infections were only in the double digits during last year’s PSLE season.
To minimise the risk of school-based transmissions, Primary 6 students have been put on a study break until the exams begin next Thursday. As an added precaution, other primary school students will be put on home-based learning from Sep 27 until Oct 7.
Primary 6 students who test positive for COVID-19, or are placed on quarantine order or stay-home notice, will not be allowed to sit for the PSLE.