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2019 Primary One Registration Exercise (For Admission to Primary One in 2020)

1. The registration of children for admission to Primary One (P1) classes in 2020 will open from Wednesday, 3 July 2019 to Thursday, 31 October 2019. The dates for the different phases of registration can be found at: https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/primary-one-registration/phases

2. All primary schools will open for registration from 8.00 am to 11.00 am and from 2.30 pm to 4.30 pm from Mondays to Fridays during the registration period. The list of primary schools and vacancies available can be found on the P1 Registration website at https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/primary-one-registration/.

Registration at Primary School

3. Parents 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.

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

Online Registration

5. Under Phase 2C and 2C Supplementary where all Singapore Citizen (SC)/Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) students are eligible to register, for the convenience of parents, they can register for the school of their choice using the Primary One Internet System (P1-IS). Alternatively, parents can choose to go to their school of choice to register in person.

6. To register online via the P1-IS, parents need only to use their SingPass. For a simple guide on online registration, please refer to https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/primary-one-registration/internet-registration-for-phase-2c-and-2c-supplementary. The P1-IS is accessible 24 hours a day during the following periods:

Phase 2C – From 29 July 2019, 9.00 am to 31 July 2019, 4.30 pm; and

Phase 2C Supplementary – From 12 August 2019, 9.00 am to 13 August 2019, 4.30 pm.

7. Parents who intend to use the P1-IS in Phase 2C / 2C Supplementary are advised to set up their SingPass 2FA early. For more information on the 2FA setup, please visit SingPass FAQ.

Compulsory Education

8. Under the Compulsory Education Act, Singapore Citizens born after 1 January 1996 and residing in Singapore are required to attend national primary schools or Government-funded special education (SPED) schools unless exempted. Children born between 2 January 2013 and 1 January 2014 (both dates inclusive), must be registered at this year’s P1 Registration Exercise for admission to P1 in January 2020.

9. 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 can be made using the relevant form available on the MOE website at https://www.moe.gov.sg/education/education-system/compulsory-education/deferment or by obtaining the form from the MOE Customer Service Centre (CSC) at 1 North Buona Vista Drive Singapore 138675 (Tel: 6872-2220).

10. Any queries on Compulsory Education may be directed to MOE Compulsory Education Unit at Email: MOE_CEU@moe.gov.sg or Fax: 6778-9356.

Registration for International students

11. For international students, registration is at Phase 3, after all SCs and SPRs have been allocated a place under the earlier phases of the P1 registration exercise. International students will be required to undergo a two-step process:

Step 1: Submit an online ‘indication of interest’ form via the MOE P1 website, from 4 to 10 June 2019.

Step 2: International students who have completed Step 1, and are notified in October 2019 byMOE that they can be offered a P1 place in a school, must register in person at the designated schools during Phase 3 of the 2019 P1 registration exercise in late October 2019.

12. International students who do not submit the ‘indication of interest’ form to MOE by 10 June 2019 will not be able to register during Phase 3 of the P1 registration exercise.

13. This online ‘indication of interest’ is not considered as registration. As in previous P1 Exercises, 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 SC/PR children.

Address Used for Registration

14. 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.

15. A child who gains priority admission into a school through the home-school distance category is required to reside at the address used for registration for at least 30 months from the commencement of the P1 Registration Exercise on 3 July 2019. If this condition is not met, MOE reserves the right to transfer the child to another school with vacancies, as the priority admission to the first school was based on the declared address used for registration.

Refinements to Statutory Declaration (SD) Process to Use the Address of Child’s Grandparent or Parent’s Sibling

16. If the child’s grandparent or the parent’s sibling is the caregiver of the child, parents may register their child using the address of the caregiver. Currently, one of the child’s parents and the caregiver are required to make a statutory declaration in person at the MOE CSC. From the 2019 P1 Registration Exercise onwards, only one parent is required to submit the declaration forms and necessary documents in person at MOE CSC. The caregiver does not need to be present at MOE CSC.

17. Parents who wish to register their child using the address of the child’s grandparent or the parent’s sibling, i.e. caregiver, will need to declare the alternative child-care arrangement as follows:

a. Download and complete the declaration forms (one form for the parent and another form for the caregiver); and

b. One parent to submit both declaration forms and necessary documents in person at MOE CSC.

More information on the declaration process, eligibility criteria and declaration forms can be found at https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/primary-one-registration.

18. Similar to the current statutory declaration process, if balloting is required for a school, a child who is registered with the caregiver’s address, and who is residing within 2km of the school, will be placed together with other children of the same citizenship residing between 1 and 2 km from the school. In addition, a child who gains priority admission into a school through the home-school distance category, based on the caregiver’s address, is required to continue with the child-care arrangement at the address used for registration for at least 30 months from the commencement of the P1 Registration Exercise on 3 July 2019. MOE reserves the right to transfer the child to another school with vacancies if this condition is not met, as the priority admission to the first school was based on the declared address used for registration.

False Information

19. 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.

Review of Plans for Valour Primary School and Northshore Primary School

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

Valour Primary School

21. Due to delays in construction, Valour Primary’s premises will now only be ready around February 2020. The construction of Valour Primary utilises the Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) technology1. As this is 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.

22. Notwithstanding the delay, Valour Primary and MOE Kindergarten (MK) @ Valour will continue to admit its first P1 and K1 cohorts in 2020, respectively, to meet demand in the area. Arrangements have been made for the school to operate from the nearby Punggol Cove Primary for one school term (Term 1) from 2 Jan 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 one-week March school holidays. Punggol Cove Primary was selected as the holding site due to its proximity 2 to Valour Primary – just 400 metres away – and the availability of classrooms and facilities for students.

23. During the holding period from 2 Jan to 13 Mar 2020, Punggol Cove Primary and Valour Primary, as well as their respective MKs, will conduct lessons and programmes independently, while sharing common facilities such as the canteen, library and art/music rooms. Planning and scheduling the use of facilities will be done carefully to ensure that all students continue to enjoy a conducive learning environment.

Northshore Primary School

24. Northshore Primary, like Valour Primary, is being built using PPVC to meet the demand for primary school places in Punggol. While Northshore Primary’s 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 only scheduled to be completed from the 2nd quarter of 2020. 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. We have thus reviewed our plans and will open Northshore Primary and MK@Northshore in January 2021.

Other Information

25. Parents can find out more about the documents required for registration, including registration for overseas Singaporeans, through the P1 Registration Exercise website at http://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/primary-one-registration.

26. 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, at:

27. Parents can view videos containing tips and further information to prepare them for the registration of their child for admission into Primary 1 via this link: https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/primary-one-registration/primary-one-registration-videos

Footnotes
  1. PPVC is a construction method involving free-standing volumetric modules (complete with finishes for walls, floors and ceilings) which are constructed and assembled, in an accredited fabrication facility, in accordance with any accredited fabrication method, and then installed in a building under building works.

  2. Punggol Cove Primary, located at 52 Sumang Walk S(828674), is 400m away from the permanent campus of Valour Primary, at 49 Punggol Central S(828728). Please refer to Annex A for more information.

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