Enrichment activities, lessons at tuition centres won't resume

Tuition operators switched to online classes after the authorities decided to suspend all centre-based classes from March 27, 2020.
Tuition operators switched to online classes after the authorities decided to suspend all centre-based classes from March 27, 2020.PHOTO: ST FILE

Parents hoping that tuition centres will reopen to help their children prepare for examinations, will have to wait longer.

The Ministry of Education (MOE), which announced that schools will be opening in phases from June 2, said tuition lessons and enrichment activities run by private centres, as well as programmes run by self-help groups, will not resume.

The authorities decided to suspend all centre-based classes from March 27, to reduce the mixing of students from different schools.

And although tuition operators switched to online classes, many parents felt that these were not as helpful as face-to-face instruction. Those who felt shortchanged even started petitions against the centres, with some asking for fees to be refunded or discounted.

MOE centre-based lessons, though, will resume for graduating cohorts from June 2, with additional safe management measures in place. These are lessons for students sitting language, art and music examinations.

MOE quoted the same reason - to reduce intermingling of students - for the continued suspension of co-curricular activities and cancelling all National School Games (NSG) competitions.

MOE said the games will be cancelled as there is not enough time to complete the season within the school calendar.

In addition, students would not be adequately prepared for the competitions due to lack of training.

Some 60,000 student-athletes compete across 29 sports in the NSG, originally scheduled for January to August.

Taking into consideration that students may not be sufficiently prepared physically, MOE also said that the National Physical Fitness Award this year will be cancelled.

Sandra Davie

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 20, 2020, with the headline 'Enrichment activities, lessons at tuition centres won't resume'. Print Edition | Subscribe