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Ho Ching criticizes Kinderland’s response to alleged mistreatment; Advocates for child safety and whistleblower systems

Madam Ho Ching, former Temasek CEO and spouse of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, criticizes Kinderland’s handling of alleged mistreatment. She questions the policy of banning personal devices during teaching and supports the teacher who documented abuse, urging the importance of whistleblower systems and safeguarding children’s identities.

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SINGAPORE: Madam Ho Ching, the wife of Singapore’s Prime Minister, has openly criticized Kinderland’s handling of their alleged mistreatment issue, emphasizing her disapproval of the institution’s approach.

Approximately a week ago, footage depicting teachers at Kinderland Preschool allegedly mistreating students had been circulating online.

Since then, one of the measures implemented by the school was the introduction of a policy prohibiting their staff from utilizing personal devices during teaching sessions.

Madam Ho Ching expressed her disagreement with the strategy, asserting that it is “seriously wrong” to enforce a policy of no personal devices at this juncture.

On her Facebook page, she posted a critique of Kinderland’s approach to addressing their concerns, affirming that the former teacher who recorded the incidents was right to do so.

Mdm Ho Ching FB post on Kinderland’s issue (Pic: HO Ching/Facebook)

“Kinderland bosses should have taken abuse reports seriously” 

On 2 September, Madam Ho Ching took to Facebook to express her opinions regarding the Kinderland news.

In her statement, she rebuked the kindergarten’s principal and leadership for their lack of seriousness in addressing reports of abuse, while underscoring the vulnerability of young children.

Kinderland Preschool at Woodlands Mart. (Photo: Google Maps)

She emphasized that anyone in charge of an early childhood centre, be it a preschool, infant care, nursery, or kindergarten, “should take as an absolute the safety and security of the young, charges under their care,” she added.

Questions policy of banning personal device

In response to the alleged mistreatment incidents, Kinderland had implemented a policy, as mentioned in a Facebook post on 30 August, approximately two days after the first video surfaced.

This policy prohibits staff from using personal devices during teaching hours, with the stated goal of safeguarding the privacy of children.

Madam Ho Ching criticized the implementation of the policy, stating that it was a misguided decision.

She question whether this action was only a way of the establishment to cover up embarrassment and prevent future incidents of video evidence of abuse.

Because if this was the case, “that is absolutely the wrong approach,” she remarked.

She suggested creating an effective whistleblower system and process, highlighting the significance of permitting personal devices to record evidence.

She supported the teacher who documented the alleged abuse

Additionally, Madam Ho also expressed her support for the actions of the former Kinderland teacher who recorded the alleged abuse.

She stated that the teacher was justified in filming the actions of her colleague, especially when it seemed to be a last resort due to the alleged lack of seriousness from the principal in addressing the issue.

However, she recognized that the teacher should have first brought the issue to the attention of the kindergarten’s senior management if she believed her reports were not being treated seriously by the principal.

If this course of action proved ineffective, she recommended that the teacher should have reported the incident to various authorities, such as the Early Childhood Development Agency (ECDA), the police, the Ministry of Education (MOE), and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF).

Madam Ho Ching emphasized that sharing the videos on social media should have been considered a last resort, with a primary focus on protecting the identities of the children involved.

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Shouldn’t you be worrying about what slipper or pyjama to wear tomorrow our dear avid gambler?

Why are we funding PCF Sparkletorts? It stands for PAP COMMUNITY FOUNDATION. Shouldn’t the PAP be funding this childcare centre themselves or if using taxpayers’ monies the name has to be changed to one not depicting any political party. CCS is this fair? Isn’t this a misrepresentation in using taxpayers’ monies to promote party’s name?

Very quiet from our Sia Suay Education minister, hor. Aiyoh, sia suay means sia suay, lah.

Having lost millions upon millions, and not having to account for it, … big mouth and big ego is having a go at opining on SillyPore’s current affairs !!!

Investigations are ongoing, and as an electrical engineer, she ought to know better, … than to critique a matter, where lots of circuits, switches and mains are involved !!!

She really should stick to what she does best, … losing monies, … other peoples monies !!!

The teacher involved in the abuses, the name sounds like a new citizen/foreigner. Shouldn’t Ah Ho instead question why her hubby’s policies are allowing such low quality people to work in SG?

HC, the candidate nks you endorsed only managed to get 16% of the vote, through our earnest support. Don’t be disheartened as TS is really too strong and liked. At least your relative unknown nks still fair better than the rubbish opposition backed and endorsed tkl. This is a great consolation as we know how much tkl is rejected by the people of Singapore.

Obviously the teacher did not trust the regulator which are govt. agencies. It is important in this situation that the abused children were identified. Is she advocating a cover up?

Now we wait for the mistreatment from PCF’s Sparkletots to be revealed.

So she has 16% ?

Hindsight is 20/20 right, jinxie? Where was your advocacy for child safety in childcare centers before the case broke? Her indignation is typical of those that only know how to blow with the wind.

Who the hell is it…Lets move on

Given the 70% welcome, better to put the son as 5G

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