Parents who wish to defer or delay entry of their children into Primary 1/ Junior 1 must have strong reasons to support this. Applications may be made with MOE via an application form. For instance, a child whose birth date falls on 1 January 2014 will be 6 years of age on 1 January 2020. He/She will be due for Primary 1/Junior 1 in the school year commencing 2 January 2020. Hence, a parent who wants his/her child to enter Primary 1/Junior 1 on 4 January 2021 instead has to seek deferment.

Applications to defer registration/entry into Primary 1 should be made between January and June of the year before the child is due to commence primary/junior education, e.g. between January 2019 and June 2019 for a child who is due to commence Primary 1/Junior 1 on 2 January 2020.