Can I register my child at two schools?

Several parents who are undecided on a school have asked if they can register their child in two different schools.

Straits Times senior education correspondent Sandra Davie answers their questions.

My child qualifies for a popular school under Phase 2A2, where I was a former student.

However my first choice is another school, which he qualifies for under Phase 2B.

My first choice is rather popular and balloting was conducted in previous years for those living more than 2km away in Phase 2B.

I intend to register my child under Phase 2A2 first. When Phase 2B opens and there is a chance that he can get in without balloting, I intend to withdraw the registration at the earlier school, and register him for the second one.

Can you advise if this is possible?

I would like to know if I can register my son under both Phase 2B and 2C at different schools.

I have completed my volunteer work in School A and will be eligible to register him under Phase 2B. But my first choice is actually School B which I can register him only under Phase 2C.

If my child has already been accepted by a school in an earlier phase, say 2A, can I still register him at another school at a later phase?

A child can be registered only in one school at any point of the P1 Registration Exercise.

But if you change your mind, you may withdraw the earlier application to register at another school.

However I would not recommend it. You have to consider the fact that your child has already secured a place in the earlier phase, while he may be subject to balloting at the second school, especially if it is a popular one.

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