SINGAPORE - Children of Singaporean parents who have returned from working abroad can re-enter the mainstream school system through the School Placement Exercise which starts on Monday.
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This is the press statement released today by the Ministry of Education (MOE):
Start of 2014 School Placement Exercise For Returning Singaporeans
School Placement Exercise
The 2014 School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans (SPERS) is open for registration from 14 July 2014 for Singaporean children who are returning from overseas and wish to join our secondary schools, junior colleges (JC) or Millennia Institute (MI) at the beginning of academic year 2015. The registration can be done online at the following links:
SPERS is a centralised placement exercise held at the end of the year for Returning Singaporeans (RS). With SPERS, Singaporean parents working abroad can look forward to easier re-entry into the mainstream school system for their children when they return to Singapore. RS children will only need to sit for one set of centralised SPERS tests for school admission.
RS children seeking admission to Secondary (Sec) 1 to 3 in 2015 can take the SPERS-Sec tests on 1 Oct 2014. RS seeking admission to Pre-University (Pre-U) 1 can take the SPERS-JC/MI tests on 20 Nov 2014. As Sec 4 and Pre-U 2 are national examination years, RS generally would not re-join at these levels. Applicants will receive their school placement results in December 2014 and will be able to join our secondary schools and JC/MI at the start of the school term in early 2015.
Supplementary Placement Exercise
For RS who are unable to return in time to take the SPERS-Sec tests in October 2014, MOE will also conduct a Supplementary Placement Exercise in December 2014 to facilitate their admission into our secondary schools. The centralised tests for the Supplementary Placement Exercise will be held in late December 2014 and applicants will receive their school placement results in early February 2015 for school admissions from February 2015. Registration for the Supplementary Placement Exercise will open in October 2014.
While RS can choose to take part in either the SPERS-Sec or the Supplementary Placement Exercise, RS are advised to register for SPERS-Sec if they are able to return in October as their children would benefit from starting the academic year 2015 in January together with their peers.
Details of the 2014 SPERS-Sec and SPERS-JC/MI exercises and the Supplementary Placement Exercise can be found in the Annex. For more details and registration, please refer to the MOE RS website at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/returning-singaporeans/ or contact us at the following:
MOE Customer Service Centre 1 North Buona Vista Drive Email: MOE_RETURNHOME@MOE.GOV.SG Tel: 6872 2220
RS who are unable to participate in the centralised placement exercises may wish to refer to the MOE RS website or contact MOE for other options for school admission.
RS seeking admission to primary schools may approach MOE at any time of the year for assistance. MOE will offer the RS a place in a primary school with vacancies near the child's home at a level appropriate for the child's age cohort. The RS will not have to sit for any placement test for admission, although the primary school may conduct assessment tests after admission to ascertain the child's current attainment level and provide the appropriate assistance to help the child settle into the school.