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Students criticise MOE’s lack in managing college students’ mental health following tragedy at RVHS


The Ministry of Education “should’ve stepped up their game” in offering the scholars and lecturers of River Valley High School (RVHS) with the correct sources required in coping with the aftermath of the latest tragedy, stated some college students on the Wake Up Singapore Facebook web page on Wednesday (21 July).

When college students returned to RVHS two days after a 16-year-old scholar allegedly murdered a 13-year-old scholar in the varsity bathroom, the varsity and MOE tried to assist the opposite college students course of what occurred with a 2-hour CARE programme.

In an earlier suggestions revealed on Wake Up Singapore earlier that day, a bunch of scholars—who remained nameless—criticised the programme for being “not well thought through”.

One of the examples cited was using a “one size fits all solution worksheet” on coping mechanisms in which one of many methods was “I was made for this challenge”.

The scholar remarked: “…some if not all of us found this particular option very inappropriate as a coping mechanism. It had no substance in helping us cope with the situation but downplayed what we’ve gone through because of the one size fits all solution worksheet they offered.”

“It felt like they just wanted to quickly pack matters up and move on,” the scholars added.

In a follow-up sequence of messages revealed on Wake Up Singapore later that very same day to make clear what they meant, the scholars reiterated that they have been referring to the MOE’s dealing with of the programme, particularly, and the way the Ministry ought to have supplied the varsity with correct sources.

“Our intentions were to raise awareness about MOE’s lacking in managing students’ mental health, as like many others, we also believed the teachers should not be the ones carrying out this care programme, but instead professional third parties from the MOE [should be doing it],” the scholars asserted.

They went on to say that it “disturbed” them to see the “obviously traumatised, tired and exasperated” lecturers having to hold out a programme that they weren’t skilled professionally to do.

The college students defined that this was one of many causes they wished to convey this matter to the general public.

However, the scholars additionally apologised for elevating the problem publicly which induced “so much unnecessary additional distress” as a substitute of bringing the suggestions privately to their lecturers.

Another sequence of messages from a unique scholar, additionally shared by Wake Up Singapore on the identical day, had comparable complaints concerning the CARE programme which they felt “was not specialised” to their wants.

“My reason was that it did not even mention the word ‘trauma’ to validate the indirect trauma that many students face (which is recognised by experts in a Straits Times article too), instead portraying it as merely a highly stressful situation,” the scholar defined.

They went on to say that they did ultimately perceive extra concerning the work that went into the programme after talking to a trainer who was a Head of Department at the varsity.

According to the message, a group {of professional} counsellors was located in the Care Centre in the varsity on Tuesday for anybody to talk to whereas pressing care was given to college students in each the sufferer’s and assailant’s courses.

At the identical time, the scholar stated that lecturers have been working across the clock, the MOE formulated a specialised care programme lesson plan whereas the scholar growth group in RVHS formulated slides for the lecturers.

When college students returned to highschool on Wednesday, MOE officers have been standing by at the varsity entrance to usher college students in and maintain journalists from “swarming” them, whereas the police have been on alert as effectively, the scholar famous.

They added that lecturers have been supportive of scholars and took care to speak to them and ease them again into classes after the care programme.

In clearing up sure “misconceptions”, the writer of the messages described the CARE programme as “very general” and meant to establish affected college students to ship for counselling.

“Perhaps this has caused some dissatisfaction as it was too simplified for some students and didn’t delve deeper into the impacts we were feeling,” the writer urged.

“The teacher also expressed the same sentiment,” they added.

In hopes of “de-escalating” the growing state of affairs sparked by the sooner criticism concerning the CARE programme, this scholar reiterated that the varsity and lecturers have been working laborious to assist college students.

The scholar stated: “All [in] all, what I want to say is that the Teachers and school is working really hard to support us BEHIND THE SCENES, they don’t brag about it, but I’m here to say this so we can show them a little more support and understanding.”

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