Finally!! The prayers of many Singaporean parents registering for Primary One this year are answered!! Their children will have first priority into their school of choice over PRs (permanent residents) and foreigners! Registration for Primary One begins on 29 June 2012,
So, if you live within one kilometre from the school of your choice, your child will have proximity advantage as he/she will be given top priority on the acceptance list, i.e. your child is accepted first. This priority is followed by those who live between one kilometre and two kilometres. What a huge relief for many Singaporean parents, especially those applying in Phase 2B and 2C where balloting is applicable when there is more demand than supply!
According to the media reports:
If there are still vacancies in the school after all eligible Singaporean children have been admitted after balloting, places will be given to permanent residents, with priority given to those who live closer to school.
Ministry of Education (MOE) said by giving Singaporeans priority over PRs only when balloting is required, it retains the underlying principles of the Primary One registration framework, which reflect a careful balance of consider options, and provide for diversity in Singapore schools, while according citizens a further privilege.
Lim Biow Chuan, GPC Chair Education, MP for Mountbatten GRC, said: “For many Singaporean parents, this is just that little edge that they are asking for. (Source: CNA: Read the full story here or Click here to watch the video clip.)
It may be good news for some (the citizens) and bad news for others (PRs and foreigners) who will not be in time to change anything for this year’s upcoming registration. But it will be interesting to see how this “little edge” develops for primary school registrations in Singapore over the next few years?
1. Will more PRs convert to Singapore citizenship to enjoy the same education privilege?
2. Will the real estate around popular schools in densely populated areas see a spike in value as parents (citizens and PRs) try to inch their way as close to the school as possible to benefit from the distance priority?
3. How will International Schools take advantage of this situation when PRs and foreigners suddenly have a dearth of local schools to apply to?
Whatever it is, registration for Primary One continues to be a harrowing experience that brings months of stress and anxiety to many parents in Singapore. Tell us what you think of this latest development.