School placement exercise registration for returning S'poreans starts July 8

School placement exercise registration for returning S'poreans starts July 8
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SINGAOPRE - Singaporeans living overseas who wish to re-join local secondary schools, junior colleges (JC) or Millennia Institute (MI) in 2016 can do so by taking the School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans (SPERS).

SPERS is a centralised placement exercise held at the end of the year for returning Singaporeans and will be open for registration from July 8, according to a Ministry of Education (MOE) statement released on Tuesday.

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.

Children of returning Singaporeans will only need to sit for one set of centralised SPERS tests for school admission.

The applicants seeking admission to Secondary 1 to 3 in 2016 can take the SPERS-Sec tests on Sep 29.

Those who are seeking admission to Pre-University 1 can take the SPERS-JC/MI tests on Nov 18.

As Secondary 4 and Pre-University 2 are national examination years, returning Singaporeans generally would not re-join at these levels, said MOE.

Applicants will receive their school placement results in Dec and will be able to join the secondary schools and JC/MI at the start of the school term in early 2016.

Registration for the tests can be done online at the following links:

- SPERS-Sec: http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/spers-sec/

- SPERS-JC/MI: http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/spers-jc-mi/

Supplementary Placement Exercise

MOE will also conduct a Supplementary Placement Exercise in Dec for those who are unable to return in time to take the tests.

The supplementary tests will be held in mid-Dec 2015 and applicants will receive their school placement results in early Feb 2016.

Registration for the supplementary tests will open in Oct 2015.

Returning Singaporeans who are unable to participate in the centralised placement exercises can refer to the MOE website or contact MOE for other options for school admission.

wjeanne@sph.com.sg

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