Ministry of Education of the Republic of Singapore

04/02/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/02/2024 20:25

Global Education Programme

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Ms He Ting Ru, Sengkang GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education with regard to the Global Education Programme (a) whether there is any standard framework that is applied to assess if the planned overseas destination is unsafe or no longer suitable; (b) what support is given to Institutes of Higher Learning and schools in determining whether the destination poses a security risk; and (c) what other measures are taken to maintain the safety of students while they are taking part in the programme.

Response

1.The safety and well-being of our students and staff are a top priority in the planning and management of overseas trips. Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs) and schools undertake risk assessment and consider information like travel advisories and guidance from MOE and other government agencies. IHLs and schools also conduct staff recce trips, where necessary. When there are adverse developments on the ground, IHLs and schools will adjust, postpone or cancel their plans as needed.

2.IHLs and schools also obtain travel insurance, establish contingency and crisis management plans, and provide students administrative and pastoral support prior to and during trips, including briefing them on safety precautions. All overseas trips organised by schools, polytechnics, and the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) have accompanying staff to oversee the safety and well-being of students. Older students who go on overseas exchange programmes and internships of longer duration can consult on-site staff from the host institutions or companies. All trips are also e-registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), so that participants can receive timely updates on the ground. IHLs and schools work closely with Singaporean embassies and consulates in cases of emergencies.