Pupils can’t wait to go as National School Games are declared open

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SINGAPORE – Student-athletes taking part in the National School Games (NSG) could soon hear the cheers of their classmates in stadiums and halls, with the Ministry of Education (MOE) considering allowing in-person student spectators to some games in a few weeks time.

This was revealed by Education Minister Chan Chun Sing in a Facebook post Thursday, April 7, after attending the NSG opening ceremony at Our Tampines Hub. He wrote: “We recognize that your peers have played an important role in your journey as athletes…More details will be shared with your schools.”

The ministry’s decision follows some calls from parents for spectators to be allowed at the NSG, with Mr Chan’s message released after questions from the media about it.

One parent who had hoped the rules would be relaxed was Ms Caroline Menon-Sanders, 43, who last saw her daughter compete in a netball tournament for CHIJ Secondary in 2018.

Ms Menon-Sanders, who works in the hospitality industry, said: ‘My husband and I would love to go, and it would be nice if both parents could be part of (the trip). Their teachers and classmates would also like to support them.

The MOE did not say whether parents would be allowed to watch the NSG in person.

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