Parliamentary Question

COVID-19 Contingency Plans for National Examinations

05 July 2021


Mr Sitoh Yih Pin, Potong Pasir SMC

To ask the Minister for Education whether the Ministry has contingency plans in the event that tightened COVID-19 measures are required when national examinations are about to start or are ongoing.



1. National examinations are important milestones that affect students' educational progression. The Ministry of Education and the Singapore Examinations and Assessment Board are monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and contingency plans to manage potential disruptions are in place.

2. To ensure the well-being and safety of candidates and examination personnel in the examination centres, Safe Management Measures and examination arrangements, similar to those adopted in 2020 national examinations, would be implemented for this year's national examinations. Students who are tested positive for COVID-19, or who have been issued a Quarantine Order, Stay Home Notice, or given a Leave Of Absence due to close contact with confirmed COVID-19 case(s) would not be allowed to sit for examinations.

3. Students who miss the national examinations due to COVID-19 related reasons can apply for special consideration. All special consideration applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis and subjected to a rigorous review process.

4. Timely updates will be disseminated to schools, parents and candidates should there be any changes to the examination arrangements.