I would like to call on the authorities to consider reducing the frequency of COVID-19 testing on schoolchildren now that we are safely in the endemic phase.
At present, students are still required to test themselves with the antigen rapid test kit three times a week – on Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. It is easier for parents with adolescents as they are independent enough to carry out the test themselves and load the results onto the school’s chat group.
However, I am a mother of three children under the age of 12.
With a full-time job to boot, it is rather stressful to juggle these responsibilities, especially in finding the sense of urgency to test my children amid the falling number of new cases.
While I applaud the authorities for their vigilance, the measures for schools seem incongruent with what is happening elsewhere.
Testing should still be carried out to keep a tight lid on the virus. But perhaps the authorities could consider reducing the requirement to once a week?