Secretary-General of People’s Voice Party (PVP) Lim Tean had cautioned against the reopening of schools a week before 2 June 2020. School reopening happened when Singapore recently entered its Phase 1 of reopening the country, and when two-thirds of Singapore’s workforce are still working from home (WFH).
PVP noticed that the Covid19 situation here was still unstable as there were still community transmissions. PVP therefore voiced concerns about Minister of Education (MOE) Ong Ye Kung’s reckless move to reopen schools and put students at risk. Ong Ye Kung gave all sorts of excuses such as the academic and socio-emotional development of children being impaired if they stay home for too long.
It looks like PVP was proven right when state media reported four students and one school employee tested positive for Covid19. The affected schools were Anglican High School, CHIJ Katong Convent, CHIJ St Theresa’s Convent, Geylang Methodist Secondary School and Hwa Chong Institution.
Ong Ye Kung continued to justified school reopening by explaining away that these school children were likely infected towards the end of Circuit Breaker (CB). However PVP says that this attests to the dangers of reopening schools as these infected students can infect others.
Lim Tean reminds voters that PVP has been the only Party that has been right about Covid19 since February 2020, and he attributed these right judgment calls because PVP, unlike the PAP, has been putting People First!