Here’s a quick round-up of the changes to expect in Singapore’s education landscape, and what they mean for YOU.
[note: information and updates based on press reports and press releases extracted from www.moe.edu.sg.]
2 slips for Singaporeans during Primary 1 registration
The Primary 1 balloting exercise is set to generate greater interest this July when a new policy is put in place – an additional ballot slip for all Singaporeans. Permanent residents and other applicants will continue to get one slip. The government’s rationale for this change is to acknowledge the value of citizenship and a way of ‘helping’ parents get their children into schools where balloting needs to be conducted in situations where there are more applicants that Pri 1 places.
Food for thought:
It remains to be seen if this nod to the value of citizenship will pave the way for more citizen privileges to be announced. For parents eyeing schools where balloting takes place each year AND with a significant percentage of PR and overseas applicants, this policy may indeed increase their chances of getting into their school of choice. However, having 2 slips does not mean 2 chances, for the actual probability would depend on the total number of applicants vs number of available places, and the number of PR applicants.
While such a move is welcome, it also doesn’t do anything to help parents who are already going the extra mile to improve their chances such as by clocking in as parent volunteers but still face a slim chance of success. This new ‘privilege’ has already generated much public discussion on its actually value for parents of incoming Pri 1 students, and it remains to be seen if it will be tweaked further, or if other policies will be implemented to improve the lot of Singaporeans when it comes to the P1 registration battle.