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Singapore schools promote e-learning in case of emergency closure

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Some schools in Singapore have adopted an e-learning system to keep up with lessons for their students in the event of a flu pandemic.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

In case of an emergency closure, teachers in these schools may upload lesson slides, set homework for their students, track whether the homework is done, and even conduct tests online. Students can discuss study topics with each other and post questions to their teachers all day long by way of online forums.

However, the e-learning system is inapplicable to some neighborhood schools as its operation costs at least 20,000 Singapore dollars (about USD 12,000 a year and some of their students do not have broadband access at home.

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The Education Ministry is saying that it will facilitate free-to-air television broadcast services to ensure that all students can continue with their lessons once the schools are shut.

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