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2021 Primary One Registration Exercise to start from 30 June 2021

Published Date: 20 May 2021 10:00 AM

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1. The registration of children for admission to Primary One (P1) classes in 2022 will open from Wednesday, 30 June 2021 to Friday, 29 October 2021. The dates for the different phases of registration can be found at: https://www.moe.gov.sg/primary/p1-registration/registration-phases-key-dates. The list of primary schools and vacancies available will also be updated on the P1 Registration website at https://www.moe.gov.sg/primary/p1-registration by mid-June 2021.

2. The 2021 P1 Registration Exercise will not be affected by the ongoing review of the P1 Registration Framework mentioned at Ministry of Education's (MOE) Committee of Supply Debate in March 2021.

Choose a School That Suits the Child's Learning Needs

3. In selecting a primary school, parents should choose a school that suits their child's overall learning needs and interests, e.g. schools' distinctive programmes, Co-Curricular Activities, ethos and culture, as well as home-school distance for the convenience of the child. For a more holistic understanding of the offerings by each primary school, please visit SchoolFinder at https://moe.gov.sg/schoolfinder.

Online Registration

4. Similar to last year's P1 Registration Exercise, there will not be any in-person registration at schools and registration will be fully online. There are two modes for online registration depending on Phase:

  • Online application form for Phases 1, 2A(1), 2A(2) and 2B: For parents registering their younger child under Phase 1, the primary school where the older sibling is currently studying will provide parents with more details on how to register their younger child. For Phases 2A(1), 2A(2) and 2B, the link to the online form and user guide will be available on the MOE P1 Registration website during the registration periods of the respective phases.
  • Primary One Internet System (P1-IS) for Phases 2C and 2C Supplementary1: Parents may refer to https://www.moe.gov.sg/primary/p1-registration/how-to-register?pt=2C for a guide to P1-IS registration.

5. As both of these registration modes require SingPass, parents are advised to set up their SingPass 2-Step Verification (2FA) early, and ensure that their SingPass account is valid before the commencement of the P1 Registration Exercise.

6. Parents who require further assistance during registration may contact the school of their choice via email or telephone on the respective registration days between 9.00am and 4.30pm. Links to the online forms, user guides, declaration process and eligibility criteria can be found at https://www.moe.gov.sg/primary/p1-registration.

Compulsory Education

7. Under the Compulsory Education Act, Singapore Citizens born after 1 January 1996 and residing in Singapore are required to attend national primary schools, including Government-funded Special Education (SPED) schools. Children born between 2 January 2015 and 1 January 2016 (both dates inclusive) must either participate in this year's P1 Registration Exercise for admission in January 2022 or enrol in the Junior 1/P1 Programme of a SPED school.

8. If a child is assessed by a qualified health professional as not ready for P1, parents may seek approval from MOE's Compulsory Education Unit (CEU) for deferment of registration for P1. For a child whose birthday falls on 1 January 2016, parents may also seek approval for deferment if they want their child to enter primary school in January 2023 instead. Application can be made using the relevant form available on the MOE website at https://www.moe.gov.sg/primary/compulsory-education/deferment. Queries on Compulsory Education may be directed to CEU at MOE_CEU@moe.gov.sg or fax: 6778 9356.

Registration for International Students

9. International Students (IS) will continue to register under Phase 3 of the P1 Registration Exercise, after all SCs and PRs have been allocated a place under the earlier phases. IS who intend to participate in Phase 3 of the P1 Registration Exercise must undergo a two-step process:

Step 1: Submit an online 'indication of interest' form via the MOE P1 website, from 1 to 7 June 2021. Those who do not do so by 7 June 2021 will not be able to register during Phase 3 of the P1 Registration Exercise.

Step 2: MOE will notify IS applicants who have indicated their interest via email in October 2021, on whether their child can be offered a P1 place in a primary school. If a place is offered, the parent of the child will be informed of how to register with the designated school.

10. As in previous P1 Registration Exercises, school admission at Phase 3 is not guaranteed, as there are limited vacancies after places have been allocated to SC or PR children.

Address Used for Registration

11. The address used in the P1 Registration Exercise should be the parents' official residential address as reflected on their NRICs. A child who gains priority admission into a school through the home-school distance category is required to reside at the address used for registration for at least 30 months from the commencement of the P1 Registration Exercise on 30 June 2021. If this condition is not met, MOE reserves the right to transfer the child to another school with vacancies.

12. Parents who wish to register their child using the address of the child's grandparent or the parent's sibling (i.e. a caregiver) should declare the alternative child-care arrangement by completing the Declaration of Alternative Child-Care Arrangement (DACA) form on https://www.moe.gov.sg/primary/p1-registration/home-address from 28 June to 5 August 2021.

False Information

13. Any registrant found to have provided false information during the P1 Registration Exercise will be referred to the police for investigation. A child who is successfully registered in a school based on false information will be transferred to another school with vacancies after all eligible children have registered.

Updates to infrastructure plans for two primary schools

14. Bukit View Primary School (BVPS) was scheduled to move to a holding site from January 2022 while its permanent campus undergoes upgrading. As MOE will be reviewing the project further, the upgrading plan for BVPS has been put on hold. As such, the school will continue operating at its current location at 18 Bukit Batok Street 21.

15. St. Margaret's Primary School (SMPS) is currently at a holding site2 at Mattar Road while its permanent site undergoes upgrading. As there is a delay in the upgrading project, the school will continue to operate from the current holding site for another year until December 2023.

Parents Gateway Available for Parents of Prospective P1 Students

16. Starting 20 May 2021, parents of prospective P1 students will be able to download and register for MOE's Parents Gateway app on their mobile devices using their Singpass account (available on iOS and Android platforms). Through the app, parents would be able to receive:

  • Updates and information on the P1 Registration Exercise process and its requirements;
  • Information on administrative tasks before the start of school (e.g. P1 Orientation dates, purchase of school uniforms and book supplies); and
  • Tips on what they can do at home to support their child's transition to P1.

17. Parents are encouraged to prepare early and regularly check the P1 Registration Exercise website at https://www.moe.gov.sg/primary/p1-registration for the latest updates on the registration exercise and the documents required for registration, including registration for overseas Singaporeans.

18. Information on the P1 Registration Exercise is also available as part of the Primary School Education Booklet, which can be downloaded at https://www.moe.gov.sg/primary/curriculum.

  1. Since the 2020 P1 Registration Exercise, MOE has introduced a cap on the intake of PR children in Phases 2C and 2C Supplementary. The list of schools with the cap and the maximum number of vacancies available to PR children for the schools will also be updated on the P1 Registration website at https://www.moe.gov.sg/primary/p1-registration/vacancies-and-balloting.

  2. The holding site is located at 2 Mattar Road, Singapore 387724 (Former MacPherson Primary School site) while the permanent site is located at 99 Wilkie Road, Singapore 228091.

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