SINGAPORE - We thank Mr Neo Lin Chen for his feedback and the opportunity to clarify the matter ("Who sets P1 priority eligibility criteria?"; last Saturday).
The Ministry of Education (MOE) sets the Primary 1 (P1) Registration Framework.
The framework takes into account the diverse interests and needs of parents and their children, and reflects a careful balance of various considerations, including siblings already studying in the school, parental or clan ties with the school, parent volunteer work, community involvement and proximity to the school.
While MOE sets the P1 Registration Framework and policies, the relevant organisations have to endorse their respective members (such as community leaders, parent volunteers, clan/church members) for eligibility to register under the various registration phases.
The People's Association has recently changed the criteria for endorsing its active community leaders to be eligible for the P1 Phase 2B registration, which will take effect from the 2016 P1 Registration Exercise.
MOE has no objection to these changes.
To ensure open access to all primary schools, MOE will be reserving 40 places for those without prior connection with the school before the start of this year's P1 Registration Exercise.
Lim Huay Chih (Ms)
Director, School Planning and Placement Division
Ministry of Education
This article was first published on June 20, 2014.
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