The Ministry of Education (MOE) announced today (May 27) that enrollment for children starting primary school 1 next year will begin on July 1 and end on October 30.
Given the situation with Covid-19, there will be no personal registration at schools for the upcoming exercise this year.
Registration for Primary 1 takes place in seven phases.
The changes affect phases 2A1, 2A2 and 2B, while the other phases, supplementary phases 1, 2C and 2C, remain largely the same, according to the MOE.
The earlier phases – 1 and 2A – concern children whose siblings are currently school students and children whose parents are members of the alumni association or are members of the school advisory board or school committee.
Phase 2B is aimed at children whose parents have volunteered in schools, are members of churches or clan associations associated with the schools, or are active community leaders.
Children without prior connection to the primary schools of their choice apply in phase 2C. International children can only apply in phase 3.
This year, instead of personally registering for phases 2A1, 2A2 and 2B, parents will need to fill out an online application form to register their child with their SingPass.
Parents are advised to set up their SingPass confirmation early, in two steps, and to ensure that their SingPass account is valid before the Primary 1 registration exercise begins.
Those who need help with registration can contact the school of their choice by email or phone on the days of registration between 9:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
The list of available primary schools and vacancies will be updated here by mid-June 2020.
Limiting admission of PR students
MOE also said that it will introduce a cap on the admission of permanent residents (PR) to primary schools from this year's exercise.
The upper limit is approximately 25 to 30 percent of the planned admission to primary school 1 of a school and is only applied in the supplementary phases 2C and 2C.
"This is to prevent PR children from concentrating in our elementary schools, creating a more conducive environment to promote interaction between Singaporean citizens and PR children, and facilitating the integration of PR children in Singapore," said the MOE.
The ministry said the vast majority of elementary schools and PR children will not be affected by this change, as previous PR approval patterns are "well below the 25-30 percent cap".
For this year the upper limit is effective in these 10 schools:
- Bukit Timah primary school
- Bukit View primary school
- Changkat primary school
- Greendale primary school
- Marymount Convent School
- North Spring Elementary School
- Opera Estate elementary school
- Pioneer elementary school
- Tanjong Katong primary school
- Xingnan primary school
According to the MOE, these schools have been identified because their recent PR admission patterns in the past one to three years have been almost 25 to 30 percent of their enrollment in primary school 1.
In the future, the Ministry will review and publish the list of schools that must reflect an upper limit for the admission of PR children.
"This is intended to enable parents of PR children to make an informed decision and consider enrolling their child in other nearby schools if they so choose," it said.
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