Dates: 22-23 Jul 2013 Results: 26 Jul 2013
Children who are Singapore Citizens/Permanent Residents, and
(a) whose parent has joined the primary school as a parent volunteer not later than 1 July 2012 and has given at least 40 hours of voluntary service to the school by 30 June 2013, or
(b) whose parent is a member endorsed by the church/clan directly connected with the primary school, or
(c) whose parent is endorsed as an active community leader
Update (24 July 2013)
MOE has just released the 2013 Phase 2B Balloting news. Of the 30 schools which were oversubscribed
- 6 escaped balloting, but PRs and SCs beyond 1km were cut-off
- 8 requires balloting for SC within 1km
- 5 requires balloting for SC between 1-2km
- 9 requires balloting for SC outside 2km
- 1 requires balloting for PR within 1km
- 1 requires balloting for PR out 2km
Congratulations to parents who managed to get a place in Phase 2B! Good luck to parents who have to go through balloting on Friday 26 July.
We have updated the subscription rates and balloting info for Phase 2B for all schools. Our main historical charts will only be updated after MOE updates its vacancies for Phase 2C on Friday. Please refresh your browser to get the latest copy of the chart below.
Update (23 July 2013)
Phase 2B has ended today, at least for parents who registered in schools with enough places for all registrants. For others, it is the start of a nerve-wrecking experience – the balloting process.
30 schools are oversubscribed in this year’s Phase 2B. One school, River Valley Primary, had exactly enough places to accomodate all applications. For the 30 schools, MOE will announce shortly exactly which group of parents will need to ballot. This will depend very much on the SC and distance priority. If the number of SC applicants already exceed the available places, PRs will not even get a chance to ballot, regardless of how close they are to the school.
Ai Tong leads the pack with a 313% subscription rate. Fairfield Methodist is the biggest surprise this year with a rate of 263%, even higher than CHIJ St Nicks and other traditionally popular schools.
Compared with last year where 31 schools had to go through balloting, this year we only have potentially 30 schools at the risk of balloting or cut-off. Given the record hot take-up rate for Phase 2A(1) and 2A(2), this is quite a surprising, but good, outcome for parents. Of course this is little comfort for parents who have yet to get places in Phase 2B, but it does mean that this year’s exercise may turn out to be not as competitive as feared for most parents in Singapore.
Update (22 July 2013)
Day 1 of Phase 2B is over. We have plotted a new table to show the subscription rate at Phase 2B in each of the schools over the years. This will indicate how competitive the Phase is compared to other years.
The subscription rate includes those staying at distances beyond the cut-off point, and does not take into account whether applicants are SC/PR. If the subscription rate is 300%, unless all those registered are SCs and stay within 1km, it does not mean that the chance of winning a ballot is 1 in 3. So please be careful when interpreting the statistics here.
Ai Tong leads the pack with a 300% subscription rate. With another day to go, it seems likely that Ai Tong could surpass its previous high of 305% in 2011. CHIJ has an oversubscription of 250%, which is the highest it had in 7 years. Fairfield Methodist is the 3rd highest at 217%, but this is only moderately higher than what it had last year (194%).
Let’s see what tomorrow brings.
Update (16 July 2013)
At the end of the most competitive Phase 2A(2) of recent P1 registration exercises, we have both good and bad news.
The good news is, once again, all schools have escaped the need for balloting in Phase 2A.
And the bad? All the traditionally popular schools have increased their take up rate (TUR) over their average TUR, with the exception of ACS Primary, MGS and Bukit Panjang. Henry Park and Ai Tong’s TUR has increased by nearly 20%, and now have between 3-4% left for the remaining phases. That translates to 9 places left for Henry Park, and 13 places for Ai Tong. So parents in Phase 2B and 2C will have to fight for half of these vacancies each. Balloting in Phase 2B and 2C under 1km is all but certain.
Parents who qualify for Phase 2B in these schools will have nothing to lose but to try their luck in the balloting. But if you are eyeing these schools for Phase 2C, you should seriously look elsewhere. The odds are heavily against you. Do not waste your chance to secure a place in your next choice school by Phase 2C! Most likely, these schools will either fill their quota by Phase 2C, or may require balloting in Phase 2C(Sup).
To get some idea of the risk of balloting for all schools in Phase 2B and Phase 2C, please refer to this article.
For more information regarding Phase 2C, please click here.