No application received for new international school by EtonHouse, Chinese High School

No application received for new international school by EtonHouse, Chinese High School
Mr Robson Lee, secretary of the board of directors for Singapore Chinese High School, said the new international school will be located in the Bukit Timah area, near the Hwa Chong Institution's campus on Bukit Timah Road.

SINGAPORE - It was reported in October that The Singapore Chinese High School and EtonHouse Group are planning to open a jointly-managed international school in 2016.

However, in a press statement released today, the Council of Private Education (CPE) said that as of end October, it had yet to receive an application to register the new school.

"In response to media queries, CPE would like to clarify that as of 31 October 2014, The Singapore Chinese High School and/or EtonHouse International Education Group has not engaged CPE on any of the regulatory requirements that would apply to such an international school, and no application has been made to register the new entity," the statement said.

Under the Private Education Act, private education institutions offering full-time primary education wholly or substantially, in accordance with an international curriculum, are required to register with the CPE under the mandatory Enhanced Registration Framework.

The news on the upcoming Hwa Chong Etonhouse Institution was disclosed at a press conference on Oct 30 led by board members from the two parties, The Straits Times reported.

The Singapore Chinese High School is the parent company of Hwa Chong Institution and Hwa Chong International School.

Mrs Ng Gim Choo, managing director of EtonHouse Group, said the new international school will take in its first batch of about 300 pupils in August 2016. They will be a mix of preschoolers and Primary 1 pupils. The intake will be increased at a steady state to about 800 pupils.

yamadak@sph.com.sg

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