Important changes to Primary One Registration

The Ministry of Education has introduced a new online application system for local primary schools. International applicants need to take note...
Important changes to Primary One Registration
By Carli Allan
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Looking to apply to a local school this spring? You’ll now need to apply online as the Ministry of Education (MOE) has introduced new registration procedures to cope with the rising number of applications from expats for local school places. In a bid to streamline the Primary One Registration Exercise, the MOE has also replaced manual balloting with a computerised balloting system for Singaporean citizens.

The MOE said:

“Over the years, MOE has been receiving more applications from international students for Phase 3 admissions, resulting in increased time needed to process these applications. Therefore, from the 2018 P1 registration exercise, international students will be required to undergo a two-step process.”

All international students who want to apply to a local primary school must submit an online ‘indication of interest’ form via the MOE P1 website, from June 5-11 2018. You can apply here from 9am on June 5.

You will need to upload the following:

  • Information on the child including passport number and Foreign
  • Identification Number
  • Information on the parents including NRIC number, passport number and work pass number
  • Copy of child’s birth certificate and passport (PDF, JPEG or JPG)
  • Email address
  • Contact phone number

If successful, you will be contacted by the MOE in October; you must then register in-person at the designated schools during Phase 3 of the 2018 P1 Registration Exercise (late October). Places for international students will still only be awarded during Phase 3 of the exercise, after all Singaporeans and Permanent Residents have been allocated a place.

Popular local primary schools within Singapore’s expat community include Balestier Hill Primary, Bukit Panjang Primary, Bukit Timah Primary, Opera Estate Primary and Tanjong Katong Primary.

The MOE said that there are “limited vacancies” remaining after places have been allocated to Singaporeans and Permanent Residents. It added,

“International students who do not submit the ‘indication of interest’ form to MOE by June 11, 2018 will not be able to register during Phase 3 of the P1 registration exercise.”

For more information about applying to a local school, click here.


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