Height-based outdoor activities will remain on hold pending MOE review, Singapore News & Top Stories

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SINGAPORE – All height-based outdoor educational activities will remain on hold until a review by the Ministry of Education (MOE) is completed, Education Minister Lawrence Wong told parliament on Wednesday 24 February.

The MOE will share its findings and recommendations when the review is complete, Wong said.

He was unable to comment on details of an incident on February 3 that resulted in the death of Jethro Puah, a 15-year-old student at the Anglo-Chinese (Independent) School, as police are still investigating the cause. of death.

Mr Wong was responding to Mr Vikram Nair (Sembawang RCMP), who had requested an update on the investigation and if there were any lessons to be learned to reduce the risk of serious accidents when students participate in activities at high risk.

Mr. Wong could only say that Jethro and his classmates were involved in an activity at the Safra Yishun Adventure Center, which is operated by the outdoor adventure learning company Camelot.

It was an annual event that the school organized for its students since 2017.

“Allow me to express my deepest condolences to the parents, family members and relatives of Jethro,” Wong added.

The Straits Times previously reported that the student lost his footing during high-element activity around 2 p.m. on February 3 and lost consciousness while suspended by the safety harness in the air.

Portrait of Jethro Puah on the hearse as he leaves the Singapore casket on February 9, 2021. PHOTO: ST FILE

Singapore Civil Defense Force paramedics attempted to resuscitate him at the scene before taking him to Khoo Teck Puat Hospital, where he died the next morning.

No criminal act has been suggested.

Following the incident, the MOE suspended all outdoor activities involving heights for all schools.

Several camp operators have signed a memorandum of understanding to pilot the use of body cameras in high-element outdoor activities, while schools providing outdoor camps for their students have also changed some of the activities.


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