Primary 1 registration framework

Published Date: 13 September 2021 09:00 PM

News Parliamentary Replies

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis, Sengkang GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (a) when does the Ministry expect to conclude its review of the Primary 1 registration framework; and (b) whether the Ministry will consider using citizenship and home-school distance as a primary means of allocating vacancies for all three phases of the Primary 1 registration while retaining the existing phase 2A and 2B criteria for determining balloting priority.

Response

1. MOE has concluded our review of the Primary 1 Registration Framework and will be making several changes that will take effect from the 2022 P1 Registration Exercise, as announced on 9 September 2021.

2. We will increase the number of reserved places in Phase 2C to ensure more children with no prior connection will be able to get a place in a school near their home. The current Phase 2A1 and 2A2 will be combined into a single Phase 2A. We have kept Phases 2A and 2B to recognise the importance of maintaining the heritage and ethos of our schools and building closer links between community and school. Where the number of applicants exceeds vacancies in a phase, balloting will continue to be based on citizenship first, then Home-School Distance categories.

3. This fine-tuning of our P1 Registration Framework seeks to strike a careful balance of many different considerations, where we are careful not to drastically affect the groups given priority under the current Framework. So, while we are now placing greater weight on giving our children access to a school near to their homes, we continue to recognise the efforts of our community, including school alumni who have contributed to the development of a school and its culture. What Mr Chua has proposed is a major departure from the current system and would cause significant disruptions to parents and the community, which we should avoid.

4. Nevertheless, as circumstances and our society evolve, we will continue to refine our P1 Registration Framework.

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