Fewer than two in 100 primary school students in Singapore require mental health support, number stable over last five years, says education minister

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The proportion of primary school students that require counselling for mental health issues stands at about 16 per 1,000 students as of 2021. — TODAY pic

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Wednesday, 05 Oct 2022 5:34 PM MYT

SINGAPORE, Oct 5 — Fewer than two in every 100 primary students require counselling for mental health issues, a proportion which has remained stable for the last five years, Minister of State for Education Gan Siow Huang said in Parliament today.

Gan was responding to questions by Ang Mo Kio Group Representation Constituency (GRC) Member of Parliament (MP) Darryl David and Leader of the Opposition Pritam Singh.

David had filed a parliamentary question on whether the number of primary school students requiring counselling for mental health issues has risen in the last five years, as well as how such students are managed when they transition to secondary school and beyond.

Singh then asked for the number of primary school students who required counselling last year.

Gan, in her response, revealed the data to be about 16 per 1,000 students as of 2021.

She said that while the number of primary school students being referred to school counselors for mental health related issues was stable between 2017...

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