Planning of P1 intakes

Published Date: 11 September 2017 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Gan Thiam Poh, Ang Mo Kio GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) whether the Ministry will consider collating indications of interest in preferred primary schools from parents for their children a couple of years before Primary 1 registration to better plan for future intakes of each primary school and allocation of resources to the school.

Response

1. In planning the enrolment of schools, the Ministry of Education regularly reviews the demand and supply trends at the national and regional level, to ensure that there are sufficient vacancies for all eligible Primary One students. Our school planning takes into account the current and projected population and planned housing development programmes.

2. It would not be meaningful to collate indications of interest from parents before the Primary One Registration Exercise. This is because parents’ choices can change over time, and we should allow for this to happen. It would also not be tenable for intakes of schools to be planned based on parents’ choices, as schools should be appropriately sized to enable them to mount a range of activities for the benefit of all students, and to be run efficiently.

3. What is most important to MOE is that every student receives a good quality, holistic education. Therefore, we have been resourcing all our schools with well-trained teachers, high-quality education facilities and rigorous school programmes and will continue to do so.

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