MOE sends team, family members to Kota Kinabalu
In a statement, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said it is leading a team to Kota Kinabalu on a Republic of Singapore Airforce (RSAF) C-130 aircraft this morning (Saturday June 6).
The team comprises counsellors, and officials from the Police, Singapore Civil Defence Force and Ministry of Transport. Family members of students and teachers of Tanjong Katong Primary School are also on the same flight that left Paya Lebar Airbase.
It added that arrangements will be made for the students and teachers of Tanjong Katong Primary School who are accounted for to return to Singapore.
Earlier in the morning, Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat posted on Facebook:
Our team of MOE officials, teachers and counsellors will be together with the parents to provide our utmost support. We are also working with the Malaysian authorities to give every assistance possible and continue with this operation.
A post at 9.35am urged strength in the face of difficulty.
It was confirmed during the night by the director of Sabah Parks that one of the two bodies brought down from Mount Kinabalu on Friday (June 5) belonged to a 12-year-old Singaporean girl.
The student was among a group of 29 students and eight teachers from Tanjong Katong Primary School who went on the trip called the Omega Challenge.
Earlier, MOE confirmed that two groups from Greenridge Secondary School and Fuchun Secondary School returned to Singapore safely early Saturday morning.