School vacancies in Yishun

Published Date: 07 November 2017 12:00 AM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Er Dr Lee Bee Wah, Nee Soon GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) with more families moving into HDB BTO flats in Yishun (a) how will the Ministry ensure that there will be sufficient vacancies in neighbourhood primary schools to meet the increased demand; and (b) what assistance is available to help new residents' children enrolled into a nearby school.

Response

1. MOE regularly reviews the demand and supply trends at the national and regional levels to ensure that there are sufficient school places for school-going children, taking into account the current and projected population as well as planned housing development programmes.

2. Due to the families that are moving into the HDB BTO flats in Yishun that were completed in recent years, we have projected a slight increase in the demand for primary school places at all levels. To cater for this increase, we have introduced several measures, including increasing the number of available school places in some of the schools in certain years. There should be sufficient primary school places to meet the increased demand from these families.

3. MOE has always been assisting families which had a change of address to transfer schools throughout the academic year. Parents can participate in the annual Student Transfer Exercise for Primary Schools (STEPS) conducted around November each year, which serves to facilitate the transfer of students who have relocated to another address, to schools nearer to their new residences. If parents prefer to directly approach the school they would like to transfer their child to, they could do so at other times of the year. Alternatively, parents can approach their child’s current school and submit their request for school transfer.

4. However, the Member may wish to note that for transfer cases, parents may sometimes not get the school of their choice due to the lack of available vacancies. MOE cannot keep increasing the intake of particular schools beyond the capacity of the school as it would affect the learning environment of all students. In such situations, we seek parents' understanding to consider other primary schools near their residential address.

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