Press Releases

June 17, 2010

Primary One Registration Exercise 2010

The registration of children for admission to Primary One classes in 2011 will open from Tuesday, 6 July 2010 to Monday, 30 August 2010. The dates for the different phases of registration are listed in Annex A.

All primary and full schools will open for registration from 8.00 am to 11.00 am and from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm from Mondays to Fridays during the registration period. Details on the list of primary schools and vacancies available can be found on the Primary One Registration website.

The cohort size for 2011 is similar to that for 2010. There will be sufficient school places for all eligible Primary One students on a regional and nationwide basis.

One New School and Three Relocating Schools in 2011

A new school, Cantonment Primary School, will open in 2011 in the Bukit Merah area. Three primary schools, namely CHIJ Primary (Toa Payoh), De La Salle School and St. Anthony’s Canossian Primary School will be relocating to and functioning from temporary locations in 2011. Annex B gives the list of registration centres for the new and relocating schools.

Compulsory Education

Under the Compulsory Education Act, Singapore Citizens born after 1 January 1996 and residing in Singapore are required to attend national primary schools regularly. Children born between 2 January 2004 and 1 January 2005 (both dates inclusive), have to be registered at this year’s Primary One Registration Exercise for admission to Primary One in January 2011.

If a child is assessed as being not ready or suitable for Primary One on medical grounds, a parent may seek approval from the Compulsory Education Unit for deferment of registration. Application can be made using the relevant form available on the MOE website or at the MOE Customer Service Centre at 1 North Buona Vista Drive Singapore 138675 (Tel: 6872-2220).

Queries on Compulsory Education may be directed to MOE Compulsory Education Unit at Email: moe_ce@moe.edu.sg or Fax: 6778-9356.

Registration Procedures

Parents registering their children under Phase 1 may submit the registration form and relevant documents through the older sibling who will be given the form by the school. For registration under Phase 2A(1) to Phase 3, a parent or a person authorised by the parent in writing is to submit the registration form and relevant documents at the school of choice. Each child should be registered at only one school at any one time. If the child is registered at more than one school, he may lose his place in the school of choice.

International students who were born between 2 January 2004 and 1 January 2005, and are age-appropriate for Primary 1 in 2011, may apply to the school of choice during Phase 3 of this year’s Primary One Registration Exercise for admission to Primary One in January 2011. Those who are not age-appropriate for Primary 1 should refer to the International Student webpage for more information.

Allocation of Places

Children will be allocated places in the school according to the order of priority spelt out in the Registration Scheme at Annex A. Balloting will be conducted if the number of applications to a school exceeds the number of vacancies during any phase from Phase 2A(1) to Phase 2C Supplementary.

At the end of Phase 2A(2), 50% of the remaining places in each school will be allocated for Phase 2B registrants and the other 50% for Phase 2C registrants in the school.

If the number of qualifying applicants in Phase 2B exceeds the 50% cap, successful applicants will be determined first by proximity category of residence to the school and then by ballot. In the event that the allocated places for Phase 2B are not fully taken up, the remaining vacancies will be carried forward to Phase 2C.

From 2010, Singapore Citizens will be given two ballot slips per child, while Singapore Permanent Residents will continue to get one ballot slip per child whenever balloting is conducted by any school during the Primary One Registration Exercise.

MOE will post children who are unsuccessful in obtaining a Primary One place in a school of their choice at the end of Phase 2C Supplementary to schools near their homes that still have vacancies.

The number of Primary One places each school will offer for the 2010 Primary One Registration Exercise can be found at the Primary One Registration Exercise’s School Vacancies webpage.

Announcement on Balloting and Vacancies

Parents can find out which schools will be conducting balloting via Teletext (Channel 8, page 720) or through the Primary One Registration Exercise’s balloting page at the end of each registration phase. Parents are welcomed to witness the balloting. The number of applicants for each school is updated daily on the Internet and Teletext.

False Information

Any parent found to have provided false information during the Primary One Registration Exercise will be referred to the police for investigation. A child who is successfully registered in a school based on false information given will be transferred to another school with available vacancies after all eligible children have been registered.

Other Information

Parents can find out more about the documents required for registration, statutory declaration for registration using the address of the grandparent or parent’s sibling, and registration for overseas Singaporeans via Teletext (Channel 8, page 720) or through the Primary One Registration Exercise website.

From 2010, information on the Primary One Registration Exercise is available as an insert of the Primary School Education Booklet. The Booklets have been distributed to all kindergartens and childcare centres.