Parliamentary Replies

February 05, 2018

Primary school vacancies in Chua Chu Kang

Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Chua Chu Kang GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education (Schools) (a) whether the number of primary school vacancies in Chua Chu Kang is sufficient given the influx of new BTOs in the Keat Hong area, particularly for applicants seeking a school within 2km of their home; (b) what proportion of primary 1 school applicants living in Keat Hong division have been able to secure a school within 2km of their homes; and (c) what is the current waiting list of Southview Primary School, Concord Primary School and Chua Chu Kang Primary 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 recently completed HDB BTO flats in Choa Chu Kang, we have projected a slight increase in the localised demand for primary school places. As such, we have increased the number of school vacancies in some of the schools in Choa Chu Kang. There should be sufficient primary school places to meet the increased demand from these families.

3. The proportion of P1-going children who secured a P1 place in their first-choice school or a school within 2 km of their homes averaged about 98% nationally for the 2017 Primary One Registration Exercise. The outcomes for individual constituencies would typically hover close to the national average, and this is the case too for Keat Hong division.

4. South View Primary School, Concord Primary School and Chua Chu Kang Primary School currently have a wait list for some students who wish to be transferred there. These include children who are currently studying in other nearby primary schools. For information, there are available vacancies in other nearby primary schools, such as Teck Whye Primary School and Kranji Primary School.