Dates: 30 Jul 2013 to 1 Aug 2013 Results: 6 Aug 2013
For all children who are Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents, and who are eligible for Primary One in the following year and are not yet registered in a primary school.
Update (2 Aug 2013)
Balloting details for Phase 2C is out.
Out of 99 oversubscribed schools,
- 8 escaped balloting, but some parents were cut-off
- 47 require balloting for SCs within 1km,
- 16 require balloting for SCs between 1-2km,
- 9 require balloting for SCs beyond 2km,
- 11 require balloting for PRs within 1km,
- 4 require balloting for PRs within 1-2km,
- 4 require balloting for PRs within 2km
Update (1 Aug 2013)
The 2013 Phase 2C Primary One Registration has ended with the final tally of 99 schools being oversubscribed.
Ai Tong overtook Nan Hua as the most heavily oversubscribed school in Phase 2C this year, almost 5.5 times oversubscribed, even as Nan Hua increased its subscription rate from 387% yesterday to 480%.
The biggest surprise this year, and good news for parents, is the relatively low oversubscription rates for Tao Nan (123%), Raffles Girls (111%) and Bukit Panjang (103%). Hopefully, this means that some parents may be able to forego balloting for some of these schools, and it may open up some chances for parents staying beyond 2km.
It is heartening to see new schools being well received this year. Alexandra (110%) is the most popular amongst the 3 new schools this year, and its 210 vacancies are not enough for the demand for its seats. The other 2 schools: West Spring (67%) and Northoaks (34%) will likely get great interest in the subsequent Phase 2CS from parents who fail to get a place in Phase 2C.
Unfortunately, that there remains many schools (23) with less than half of their vacancies filled up to this point. A couple of them have a take up rate of not more than 16%.
We will update our main historical charts once MOE announces the balloting requirements for the oversubscribed schools.
Update (31 July 2013)
Incredibly, Day 2 saw many of the hotly contested schools actually increasing on the number of their applicants, despite being already heavily oversubscribed.
Nan Hua now leads the lot, almost 400% oversubscribed. Now, 81 of the 190 schools have filled all their places, and another 20 has 10% or less places remaining for the last day of Phase 2C.
May good sense prevail and parents go for their backup schools instead of increasing the competition at the hotly contested schools.
Update (30 July 2013)
At the end of the Day 1 of Phase 2C Registration, 61 out of the 190 Primary schools have been completely filled. Another 26 have 10% or less places left.
As expected, the schools which have been on everyone’s minds since Phase 1 continue to be heavily oversubscribed. 24 families are competing for the last 7 places in Ai Tong, more than 3 times oversubscribed. In Henry Park, 16 parents are trying their luck with the 5 seats remaining.
For many parents still waiting on the sidelines, the results of Day 1 will give them more reason to start activating Plan B if they are still eyeing those schools that are so heavily subscribed. It will be ill-advised to join the crowd and ballot, because the risk of losing your chance to get a reasonably good school in Phase 2C may be too high. Go for the next school down your list that is unlikely to require any balloting, and sleep well at the end of Phase 2C. P1 registration is only the first milestone for your child. It is better to save your energy and help prepare your child for Primary school education for now.
Update (29 July 2013)
The online Phase 2C registration starts today, and the main on-site Phase 2C registration starts tomorrow. The exercise will last 3 days, ending on 1 August. We have summarised the balloting risk for each school to make it easier for parents to plan their strategy better.
In the chart below, the Phase 2B TUR for each year from 2006 till 2013 has been plotted. The cells are color coded to indicate if there were balloting in Phase 2C for that year.
- Red – Balloting within 1km
- Yellow – Balloting within 1-2km
- Green – Balloting outside 2km
All other colors indicate some form of cutoff, eg. Pink indicates that there was just enough places for those staying within 1km, and everyone else was not successful. No balloting was done.
To assess the balloting risk for the school, compare its Phase 2B TUR this year with its previous years’ TUR. If it is higher and there are some form of balloting in Phase 2C for the previous years, it is likely that there will be balloting for that school in Phase 2C this year.
The schools are sorted in descending order of the 2013 Phase 2B TUR within each area.