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2024 Primary One Registration Exercise to Start from 2 July 2024

Published Date: 16 May 2024 10:00 AM

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1. The registration of children for admission to Primary One (P1) in 2025 will open from Tuesday, 2 July 2024 to Wednesday, 30 October 2024.

2. The dates for the different phases of registration1 can be found at www.moe.gov.sg/primary/p1-registration/registration-phases-key-dates. The list of primary schools and vacancies available will be updated on the MOE P1 Registration website at www.moe.gov.sg/primary/p1-registration/vacancies-and-balloting by 25 June 2024.

Online Registration Via P1 Registration Portal

3. School registration for P1 will be done online through the P1 Registration Portal from 2 July 2024. The P1 Registration Portal is accessible via the MOE website at www.moe.gov.sg. From 2 July 2024, parents can log in to the Portal to view the registration phase(s) and school(s) that their child is eligible to register in. When the registration phase that their child is eligible for opens, parents can online register their child for their chosen school via the Portal.

4. Parents will require a valid Singpass with 2-Factor Authentication (2FA) to log in to the P1 Registration Portal. Parents are advised to set up their Singpass 2FA early and ensure the validity of their Singpass account before the commencement of the 2024 P1 Registration Exercise. Only one parent is required to log in and submit the registration through the Portal.

5. Parents who require assistance during registration may contact the school of their choice via email or telephone on the respective registration days between 9am to 4.30pm. Information on the P1 Registration process, eligibility criteria and user guides can be found at www.moe.gov.sg/primary/p1-registration.

Publishing of P1 Registration Statistics during the P1 Registration Exercise

6. Information on the number of available vacancies in each school for the 2024 P1 Registration Exercise will be available on the MOE P1 Registration website by 25 June 2024. During each phase of the P1 Exercise, the number of available vacancies and applicants will be updated. As parents can withdraw and make changes throughout the registration period, parents should take note that these numbers can change. Schools will not be able to provide any additional information beyond what is available on the MOE P1 Registration website.

7. Data from the preceding year's P1 Registration Exercise will be available on the MOE P1 Registration website for reference, to support parents in their selection of primary schools. Parents may refer to www.moe.gov.sg/primary/p1-registration/past-vacancies-and-balloting-data for the P1 Registration Exercise data of the previous year. This includes number of available vacancies, registration applicants, and balloting information in the relevant phases for each school in the preceding year. Parents can also view a list of schools within 2 kilometres of their residence, and check if these schools were oversubscribed in specific phases during the previous year's Exercise.

8. In selecting a primary school, we encourage parents to consider a wide stable of schools and explore how these schools' unique programmes and offerings can best meet their child's learning needs, interests, and strengths. Parents should also consider schools that are reasonably close to home to reduce their child's commuting time. A longer Home-School Distance could also mean more limited transport options for the child. Parents can use MOE's SchoolFinder at www.moe.gov.sg/schoolfinder for a more holistic understanding of the offerings by each school.

Compulsory Education

9. Under the Compulsory Education Act, Singapore Citizens (SC) 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 2018 and 1 January 2019 (both dates inclusive) must either participate in this year's P1 Registration Exercise for admission in January 2025 or enrol in the Junior 1/P1 Programme of a SPED school.

10. If a child is assessed by a qualified health professional (e.g., psychologist, psychiatrist, or medical doctor) to be not ready for P1, parents may seek approval from MOE's Compulsory Education Unit for deferment of registration for P1. For a child whose birthday falls on 1 January 2019, parents may seek approval for deferment if they want their child to enter primary school in January 2026 instead. Applications can be made using the form available on the MOE website at www.moe.gov.sg/primary/compulsory-education/deferment and submitted by Friday, 31 May 2024. Queries on Compulsory Education may be directed to MOE_CEU@moe.gov.sg or 6879 6457 / 6879 6458 / 6879 6459.

Registration for International Students

11. As in previous years, International Students (IS) will register under Phase 3 of the 2024 P1 Registration Exercise, after the allocation of places to all SC and Permanent Residents (PR) under the earlier phases. IS who intend to participate in Phase 3 of the 2024 P1 Registration Exercise must undergo a two-step process:

  • Step 1: Submit an online 'indication of interest' form at https://www.moe.gov.sg/primary/p1-registration/international-students, between Tuesday, 28 May 2024, 9am and Monday, 3 June 2024, 4.30pm. Those who do not do so by 3 June 2024 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 by October 2024, 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.

12. School admission at Phase 3 is not guaranteed, as there may be limited vacancies after allocation of places to SC and PR children.

Address Used for Registration

13. 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 2 July 2024. In cases where this condition is not met, MOE will transfer the child to another school with vacancies.

14. 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 form at www.moe.gov.sg/primary/p1-registration/home-address between Monday, 1 July 2024, 9am and Thursday, 1 August 2024, 4pm. Parents should submit their declaration early as they must receive the approval email from MOE before they can register their child for P1 using the caregiver's address.

False Information

15. Any registrant found to have provided false information during the P1 Registration Exercise will be referred to the police for investigation. If a child is found to have been successfully registered in a school based on false information, MOE has and will transfer the child to another school with remaining vacancies after all eligible children have registered.

Parents Gateway Available for Parents of Prospective P1 Students

16. Starting from Monday, 20 May 2024, 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 will be able to receive:

  • Updates and information on the P1 Registration Exercise process and 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 how parents can support their child's transition to P1.

17. Parents are encouraged to prepare early and refer to the MOE P1 Registration Exercise website for the latest updates on the registration exercise and the documents required for registration.

  1. See Annex for details on the eligible group(s) under each registration phase.