Parents who are Singapore citizens will now have a higher chance of securing a place for their child in their school of choice during the Primary One (P1) registration exercise.
From 2010, parents who are Singapore citizens will be given two ballot slips instead of one, whenever balloting is conducted by any school.
According to a statement released by the Ministry of Education (MOE), this measure will serve to differentiate Singapore Citizens and PRs, providing citizens with additional privileges.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a speech delivered at the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Students' Union Ministerial Forum on 15 Sep this year, that the Government will, over time, sharpen the differentiation between citizens, PRs and foreigners to reflect the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.
International students will continue to be eligible to register after citizens and Permanent Residents (PRs) are placed, at Phase Three (for non-citizens/-PRs) of the P1 registration exercise.
Increase in school fees for PRs and foreign students
The Government will also be increasing the school fees of PRs and international students in 2011.
It stated that fees for PRs will increase by between $36.50 and $73 per month, and those for international students will increase by between $100 and $400 per month.
To minimise the impact on existing students, the increase will be spread over two years from 2011.
According to MOE's statement, fees will remain competitive compared to international and private schools, to continue to encourage PRs and foreign students to join mainstream schools.