Children chased out of Bingo pre-school in Kallang due to property dispute

More than 20 children, between the ages of 18 months and six, were chased out of Bingo Pre-school on Feb 11, 2015, reportedly due to a property dispute between the school and the landlord. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK/BINGO PRE-SCHOOL
More than 20 children, between the ages of 18 months and six, were chased out of Bingo Pre-school on Feb 11, 2015, reportedly due to a property dispute between the school and the landlord. -- PHOTO: FACEBOOK/BINGO PRE-SCHOOL

SINGAPORE- More than 20 children, between the ages of 18 months and six, were chased out of their pre-school on Feb 11.

Evening daily Shin Min reported on Monday that the children and four teachers were chased out by seven men due to a property dispute.

A notice that was published in the paper read: "Please note that the lease to the premises by the tenant known as Bingo Pre-school Pte Ltd has been terminated with immediate effect."

The notice - by order of the landlord of the building on 2 Kallang Avenue - also said that any entry into the premises without the landlord's authorisation would be considered trespass.

Children who were sleeping were reportedly awakened and chaos ensued after the men entered the premises. The incident occured at 7am.

Parents were notified via email that the school had officially been closed down and were offered names of six other pre-schools in the area.

Parents were also told that they would be refunded fees.

Shin Min reported that the director of the school - known only as Mr Lu - acknowledged that there was a dispute between the school and the landlord.

One parent, Madam Chen Wei Fang, 43, went to the school on Feb 11 and was prevented from going into the premises by the men. She told Shin Min that they were rude.

Parents left stranded are having trouble coping, according to the newspaper.

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