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Chan Chun Sing to deliver ministerial statement on concerns raised after River Valley High death

Chan Chun Sing to deliver ministerial statement on concerns raised after River Valley High death

Flowers left at River Valley High School after the death of a student. (Photo: Facebook/Chan Chun Sing)

SINGAPORE: Education Minister Chan Chun Sing will deliver a ministerial statement during a Parliament sitting next week to address concerns raised after the death of a River Valley High School student

In a Facebook post on Friday (Jul 23), Mr Chan said there were "understandably concerns from parents and our community" on what was being done to support schools and look out for students in need. 

"I will be delivering a ministerial statement in Parliament next week to address these," he said, adding that it has been a "difficult week". 

READ: River Valley High death: Axe seized by police; suspect and victim 'not known to each other' 

In his post, Mr Chan highlighted the "display of courage and care" by River Valley High's teachers and staff. 

"They took prompt and decisive action to protect the students during the incident and even as their hearts ache, they mustered the strength to care for our students in the aftermath," said the minister. 

Flowers and messages of support were left at River Valley High School after a 13-year-old student died. (Photo: Facebook/Chan Chun Sing)

Mr Chan said he was "heartened that our Singaporean spirit has remained undiminished" through the grief. 

"Our community has rallied together – from the members of the public who left flowers and notes of condolences and encouragement at the school, to the counselling professionals who stepped forward to offer their services, there have been numerous gestures of care, kindness and compassion.

READ: 'You are not alone': President Halimah says help available for those affected by River Valley High death

"Our thoughts continue to be with the affected families and the students and staff at River Valley High School," said Mr Chan. 

"It will take time to heal, and the road to recovery is long. But know that each and every one of us stand with you." 

Mr Chan says he will address concerns on supporting schools and students in a ministerial statement. (Photo: Facebook/Chan Chun Sing)

A Secondary 4 boy at River Valley High was arrested on Monday over the death of a fellow student. 

The Secondary 1 boy was found lying motionless, with multiple wounds, in a school toilet. The 13-year-old was later pronounced dead at the scene by a paramedic. 

An axe was also seized by the police.

Source: CNA/ad(cy)

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