SINGAPORE - Parents can register their children for Primary 1 starting from July 3 and ending on Aug 28, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said yesterday.
All primary schools will open for registration from 8am to 11am and 2.30pm to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday during the registration period.
Starting from this year's registration exercise, MOE will reserve 40 places in every primary school for registrants in Phase 2B and 2C, with 20 reserved places in each phase.
This is to "ensure continued open access to all primary schools", said MOE.
The earlier phases - 1 and 2A - are for siblings of current pupils of the school, or for children whose parents attended or work at the school.
Phase 2B is for children whose parent is a volunteer at the school, active community leader or member of a church or clan connected to the chosen primary school.
Phase 2C is for children who are eligible for P1 in the following year and are not yet registered in a primary school.
Singapore citizens will be given absolute priority over permanent residents when balloting is necessary. If there are more applications from citizens than there are vacancies in a phase, the distance between home and school will be considered.
Koh Zhen Chong, 31, is not too fazed about his daughter's P1 registration as he lives near "a few good schools" and has been volunteering at one of them.
"All parents will want their children to go to good schools, so I think that for those that haven't really got links to them, the reserved places do give them some chance (to get into those schools)," said Mr Koh.
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