Understanding Phase 2A
Preparing for your child’s Primary 1 registration in 2023? Let’s take a look at the latest data from the Ministry of Education (MOE). This year, a total of 27 primary schools were oversubscribed during Phase 2A of the registration exercise.
Phase 2A applications commenced on July 12 and concluded just two days later, with an overwhelming response of over 8,000 applications for approximately 15,880 available places. The results were officially released on July 21, 2023. Interestingly, the number of oversubscribed schools during Phase 2A this year was fewer than the previous year, which saw 33 primary schools facing high demand.
Among the most sought-after schools in Phase 2A was Gongshang Primary School in Tampines, which received a staggering 163 applications for just 46 available places. Princess Elizabeth Primary School in Bukit Batok was next on the list with 89 applicants vying for 53 places, followed by Rosyth School, which received 120 applications for 75 places.
Other schools that experienced significant interest included Naval Base Primary School and Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School.
As parents, it’s crucial to stay informed about the registration process and be well-prepared when applying for your child’s primary school. Understanding the trends and demand for certain schools can help you make informed decisions and increase your chances of securing a spot for your little one. When you plan ahead, be proactive, and consider various options to ensure your child’s educational journey starts on the right foot.
When the number of applicants surpasses the available vacancies in any phase from Phase 2A to Phase 2C supplementary, balloting becomes necessary for school admission.
During the balloting process, priority admission is granted in the following order: Singaporean residents residing within 1km of the school, Singaporeans living between 1km and 2km of the school, followed by Singaporeans living beyond 2km from the school. Permanent residents fall into the same distance groups for consideration.
Let’s take a look at the schools that required balloting for Singaporean children living within 1km of the school:
- Gongshang Primary School
- Princess Elizabeth Primary School
- Naval Base Primary School
- Horizon Primary School
- Punggol Green Primary School
- Sengkang Green Primary School
For Singaporean children living between 1km and 2km of the school, the following schools had balloting:
- Rosyth School
- Nan Hua Primary School
- Jing Shan Primary School
- Wellington Primary School
- South View Primary School
- Huamin Primary School
Lastly, balloting was conducted for Singaporean children living further than 2km from the school in the following institutions:
- Pei Hwa Presbyterian Primary School
- Red Swastika School
- CHIJ St. Nicholas Girls’ School (Primary)
- Tao Nan School
- Catholic High School (Primary)
- Rulang Primary School
- Nanyang Primary School
- Yangzheng Primary School
- Holy Innocents’ Primary School
- St. Hilda’s Primary School
- Fairfield Methodist School (Primary)
- Temasek Primary School
Additionally, there was balloting for permanent resident children living within 1km of the school in these schools:
- Riverside Primary School
- Frontier Primary School
- Jurong West Primary School
As you prepare for your child’s school admission, keep in mind the balloting process and the priority order, as this can significantly impact your chances of securing a spot in your preferred school. Stay well-informed and plan accordingly to ensure a smooth and successful registration process.
Since 2022, the school registration process has seen a change, combining Phase 2A(1) and Phase 2A(2) into one unified Phase 2A.
Phase 2A is specifically designed for children who have particular connections to the primary school. This includes children whose parent or sibling was a former student, including alumni. Moreover, if a parent is currently a staff member at the school or holds a position in the school’s advisory or management committee, their child is eligible for Phase 2A.
Additionally, children who attended a MOE kindergarten under the primary school’s supervision and located within its premises can also apply under Phase 2A.
For the upcoming 2023 academic year, Phase 2B and Phase 2C have set aside 20 and 40 places, respectively. This marks a change from previous years when each phase had 20 reserved places.
Mark your calendars: Registration for Phase 2B will open at 9 am on July 24 and conclude at 4:30 pm on July 25.
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Phase 2B is specifically reserved for children whose parents actively volunteer at the school, those who receive endorsement from the church or clan associated with the primary school, and children of active community leaders.
As you prepare for your child’s Primary 1 registration, familiarize yourself with the various phases and their eligibility criteria. This knowledge will help you plan your application process effectively and increase your chances of securing admission to your preferred school.
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