SINGAPORE - A new rule will be in place for this year's Primary 1 registration exercise on July 2.
Under the home-school distance priority scheme, students who have managed to get places in primary schools are required to live in the address for at least 30 months from the start of the exercise.
In previous registration exercises for Primary 1 students, there was no specific rule enforced by the Ministry of Education (MOE).
MOE said on its website: "A child who gains priority admission into a school through his/her 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 2015."
Although there may be situations where the families are unable to remain at the address used for registration, MOE said that a child who gains priority admission into school by distance is still required to follow the new rule.
"If this condition is not met, MOE reserves the right to transfer the child to another school with vacancies, as the priority admission to the first school was based on the declared address used for registration," MOE added.
In cases where families have bought property that is yet to be completed and plan to move in after completion, the 30-month rule will come into effect when the family moves into their completed home.
"For example, if the child registers in 2015 and only moves into the new address in July 2017, the 30 months stay period starts from July 2017," MOE said on its website.