Sabah quake: Mount Kinabalu trip a valuable experience, parent of Tanjong Katong Primary pupil says

SINGAPORE - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has shared a post by a parent recounting her son's experience on a Mount Kinabalu expedition organised by Tanjong Katong Primary School (TKPS) last year.

He wrote on Facebook: "On this Day of National Remembrance, I thought I would share with you this piece by a mother of a Tanjong Katong Primary School alumnus. Her son had gone on the TKPS Mount Kinabalu expedition last year. She describes the preparation undertaken by the school to prepare the children for the trip, and the positive outcomes that resulted."

The post by Ms Loh Kat Teng has been shared more than 3,000 times since she posted it on June 6.

 

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On this Day of National Remembrance, I thought I would share with you this piece by a mother of a Tanjong Katong Primary...

Posted by Lee Hsien Loong on Sunday, June 7, 2015

She described her son's trip as a "valuable experience".

She said the participants learnt to look out for each other and that "they could have an enjoyable afternoon without mobile phones, iPads".

It was also a good opportunity to train the young ones to be independent and make their own decisions.

"My boy did not feel too well when he reached Pendant Hut and he decided to forgo the next morning's Via Ferrata's activity so that he could be fully rested and ready for the summit climb the following day," she wrote.

"They learned to accept setbacks, the whole team did not make it to the summit as the weather was unfavourable and the teacher made a decision to halt the climb."

Six pupils, a teacher and a guide from Singapore died after being caught in a landslide on Friday (June 5) that was triggered by an earthquake in Sabah.

Some people have questioned if it was safe to take primary school students on an expedition to Mount Kinabalu, while others have defended these outdoor activities as valuable learning opportunities for the children.

No students from Singapore schools have been injured on the popular Via Ferrata "Walk the Torq" route that the TKPS pupils were on prior to the quake, according to the Ministry of Education.

Ms Loh wrote: "Would the school have the courage to continue with programmes that is beneficial for students after this incident? I do hope so."

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