Photo of Ong Ye Kung from CNA

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung is now under public pressure after 4 students were found to be infected with the coronavirus barely a week after he reopened Singapore schools on June 2 – going against medical advice.

4 students and 1 school staff were infected in five schools: Anglican High School, CHIJ Katong Convent, CHIJ St Theresa’s Convent, Geylang Methodist Secondary School and Hwa Chong Institution.

All 5 reported acute respiratory infection and were only picked up when they visited a doctor.

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung denied that the students were infected from the school reopening, and promised – without medical evidence – that they were not infectious:

“Ministry of Health’s assessment is that they are not likely to be infectious currently, or when they were in school… The evidence suggests that they were likely infected during the circuit breaker period, and not after school reopening.”

Singaporeans parents are forced to send their children to school as attendance is compulsory. Most parents voiced disagreements with the Education Minister about reopening the schools when no mass testing is done.

Only pre-school staffs were required to be tested before reopening. The pre-school staff screening picked up 12 infections.