Primary One registration for 2020 to take place from 3 July to 31 October

FILE PHOTO: AP/Ray Chua

SINGAPORE — Registration of children for Primary One (P1) admission in 2020 will open from 3 July to 31 October, said the Ministry of Education (MOE) in a media release on Thursday (23 May).

Children born between 2 January 2013 and 1 January 2014 must be registered at this year’s exercise for admission to P1 in January 2020.

If a child is assessed as not ready or not suitable for P1 on medical grounds, a parent may seek approval from the Compulsory Education Unit for deferment of registration.

Application for deferment can be made using the relevant form available on the MOE website or by obtaining the form from the MOE Customer Service Centre (Tel: 6872-2220).

Dates for different phases of registration

During the registration period, all primary schools will be open from 8-11am and 2.30-4.30pm, from Mondays to Fridays.

The dates for the different phases of registration can be found on the MOE website. The list of primary schools and vacancies available can be found on the P1 registration website.

Info: Ministry of Education

How to register during the different phases

Parents who are registering their younger children under Phase 1 may submit the registration form and relevant documents through the older sibling, who will be given the form by the school.

For Phases 2A(1), 2A(2) and 2B, parents can submit the registration form and required documents at their school of choice.

Under Phase 2C and 2C, where all Singapore citizen or permanent-resident students are eligible to register, parents can register for the school of their choice using the Primary One Internet System.

To do so, the parents will need to use their SingPass. A guide for this online registration is available here.

The Primary One Internet System is accessible 24 hours a day during the following periods:

  • Phase 2C: from 29 July, 9am to 31 July, 4.30 pm

  • Phase 2C Supplementary: from 12 August, 9am to 13 August, 4.30pm.

Alternatively, they can choose to go to their school of choice to register in person.

For international students, registration is at Phase 3. They will need to first submit and online “indication of interest” form via the MOE P1 website from 4 to 10 June.

If they can be offered a P1 place, they will be notified in October. They must then register in person at the designated schools during Phase 3 of the registration exercise in late October.

Parents of international students should note that school admission at Phase 3 is not guaranteed, since there are limited vacancies after places have been allocated to children who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents.

Address to determine home-school distance

The address used in the P1 Registration Exercise should be the parents’ official residential address as reflected on their NRICs. This address will be used to determine the home-school distance, where required for consideration of priority in admissions.

The home-school distance priority is given with the expectation that the family will reside at the said address used for registration for the duration of the child’s primary school studies, as it is for the convenience and interest of the child.

Any registrant found to have provided false information during the P1 Registration Exercise will be referred to the police for investigation. A child who is successfully registered in a school based on false information will be transferred to another school with available vacancies after all eligible children have been registered.

Valour and Northshore Primary Schools

Last year, MOE announced that Valour Primary School and Northshore Primary School will begin operations and admit their first P1 cohorts in 2020.

Due to delays in construction, Valour Primary’s premises will be ready only around February 2020.

The school’s construction utilises the Prefabricated Pre-finished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) technology, the first time MOE is adopting this technology in the construction of new schools. More time was taken to seek professional advice and address design considerations of the PPVC.

Valour Primary and MOE Kindergarten (MK)@Valour will continue to admit its first P1 and K1 cohorts respectively in 2020. Arrangements have been made for the school to operate from the nearby Punggol Cove Primary for one school term, from 2 January to 13 March 2020.

Valour Primary and MK@Valour will then operate from its permanent campus at 49 Punggol Central from 23 March 2020, after the March school holidays.

As for Northshore Primary, while its campus will be ready in January 2020, it is situated in a new housing estate in Punggol North, where the first batch of Build-To-Order (BTO) flats around the new school are scheduled to be completed only from the second quarter of next year.

As residents are expected to move into the estate only in the later part of 2020, MOE anticipates demand for school places in Northshore Primary to be very low for 2020. It will therefore open Northshore Primary and MK@Northshore only in January 2021.

Other online information

Parents can find out more about the documents required for registration, including registration for overseas Singaporeans, through the P1 Registration Exercise website.

Information on the P1 Registration Exercise is also available as an insert of the Primary School Education Booklet, which is distributed to kindergartens and childcare centres. This can also be found online.

Parents can also view videos containing tips and further information to prepare them for the registration of their child for admission into Primary 1.

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