The boy injured his eye during a scuffle with a friend while on his way to school in the bus. Unhappy over the way the situation was handled, his parents then took him out of the international school, and with help of their MP, got him into a local school instead.
But because of the switch, Ivan (not his real name), who was in Primary Two at the international school, had to go back to Primary One in September. But the boy doesn't mind. Nor do his parents, who have heard of the rigour of the public school system here.
The couple have another child, aged 1½ years old. Both are Singapore permanent residents and have been here for eight years.
Ivan's mother, who wanted to be known only as Madam Sree, 33, a senior business analyst, said her son was anxious to get back to school after the incident.
"My son was very affected when he did not have a school. He kept asking me every day if we had found a school. We called about 25 schools.
"We are so grateful that the Ministry of Education allocated him a school," she said. She claimed that her child's injury - he suffered a cornea abrasion in his right eye - would have not been as serious if the school had informed them of the incident, which happened in July.
She alleged that the school took him on a field trip despite him saying he was in pain. The school, Global Indian International School (Balestier), is disputing both claims. A spokesman said the boy was given immediate attention by teachers and the school nurse. He was allowed to continue
with his classes because he did not appear to be in pain or make any complaints. Ivan's teacher had also monitored him closely, the spokesman added.