28 May 2020
The Government cannot make attendance at school voluntary because that would not be good for the morale of both students and teachers, said Education Minister Ong Ye Kung.
Mr Ong said in a Facebook post that that exceptions to compulsory school attendance can only be made for concerns arising from medical conditions.
From June, graduating students will resume classes on weekdays. Students in other cohorts will rotate weekly between home-based learning and returning to school for lessons.
A voluntary system would only serve to segregate students according to those whose families are able to provide care for them at home, and those who are not, Mr Ong said.
Teachers will end up having to juggle between classroom teaching and facilitating home-based learning for every lesson, which is not sustainable.