Updated 1 July 2016. Parents are often concerned about the competition for places or vacancies available for Primary One Registration in the year for which their loved ones are due. Traditionally, the birth rate peaks during the Year of the Dragon.
For the convenience of parents, we have mapped Singapore’s birth rate data for the years 2000-2011, against the available vacancies for Primary One Registration in the years 2006-2017.
Note that the Birth Sign refers to birth sign of children who are due for Primary One Registration for that year, ie. they will be attending Primary One in the following year.
While it is generally true that lower birth rates lead to lower available places in Primary 1, there are anomalies where the available places actually increased slightly even though the birth rate fell, ie. between 2007 to 2008. Obviously, our Ministry of Education has access other data such as the number of foreign-born children that are likely to be vying for places during those years and has made provisions as such.
Note that this is based on data that is publicly available from the Department of Statistics and Ministry of Education.