School Reopening: Can Singapore Show the Way?

Reopening schools in COVID-19 affected countries will require many considerations. What can countries like Hong Kong, Vietnam and the UAE learn from Singapore where schools have stayed open throughout the COVID-19 pandemic?
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How are exam students being affected, especially when it comes to GCSES, A Levels and the IBDP?



The students most affected by self-quarantine and school closures are those studying international curricula exams including IGCSEs, SATs, A Levels and the IBDP. These students sit their final exams in April, May and June, and have coursework deadlines from March onwards.

The International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) has extended coursework deadlines for countries where schools are closed, but there is no indication that the IBO and UK boards for IGCSEs and A Levels will delay the exam schedules for this year. 

The College Board has cancelled all SAT testing dates in February, March, April and May in areas affected by COVID-19; the SAT is a standardized test typically used for college and university admissions in the US. 

Next: How have schools in other countries restricted sports, extra-curricular activities and other events?

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