The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the creation — and evolution — of a new socio-technical environment around the world. The first restrictions in Singapore spurred an unprecedented surge in online communication as people moved school, work and social lives online.

After a spike in Covid-19 cases in the community, all primary, secondary and junior college students, as well as those from Millennia Institute and special education schools, have begun full home-based learning which will last till May 28 when the school term ends.

Now that Singapore is back to Phase 2, some students are having trouble accessing online portal on first day of home-based learning. In a statement, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said it is “aware of the slowdown of the Student Learning Space this morning”, as all primary, secondary, junior colleges and Millennia Institute moved into full Home Based Learning. They immediately activated additional system resources and the teachers have reported that the system is back on track.

Home-based learning days will soon become a regular part of the school year at secondary schools, junior colleges and Millennia Institute, with some levels adopting a new “blended learning” model. The blended model is aimed at helping students develop the mindsets and habits for self-directed learning.

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