International students studying in our mainstream schools

Published Date: 02 October 2017 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Ong Teng Koon, Marsiling-Yew Tee GRC


To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) how many applications from international students for our local schools have been rejected in 2017 and whether the Ministry will consider increasing the percentage of international students in local schools to above 5% to better accommodate the education needs of children of resident workers who actively contribute to our economy.


1. We welcome eligible international students to study in our schools. They can help to cultivate a global orientation and inter-cultural skills in our students, and enrich the overall educational environment in Singaporean schools.

2. For the 2016 Primary One Registration Exercise, around 1,800 applications from international students to enter Primary One in 2017 were rejected.

3. Our public school system is designed to cater mainly to the needs of Singaporean students. MOE values the diversity that international students bring to our schools. Our priority is to serve the educational needs of Singaporeans. Thus we only offer a limited number of places to international students each year.

4. MOE will continue to make available places in our mainstream schools for international students. However, we may not always be able to meet the demand entirely.

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