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28 schools conduct Phase 2B balloting for P1 registration

These 28 schools are among the 31 schools which were oversubscribed in Phase 2B of the Primary One registration exercise.

SINGAPORE: Twenty-eight of the 31 schools which were oversubscribed in Phase 2B of the Primary One registration exercise held a ballot for places on Friday (July 25).

Phase 2B is for children of parent volunteers, community leaders and church or clan association members. This year, for the first time, each school had to set aside 20 spots each for Phase 2B and 2C before the start of the Primary One registration exercise. The Education Ministry said this is to ensure access to popular schools remains open.

Parents who were at the balloting session at Maha Bodhi School - where there were 25 applicants eyeing 16 places - said the new policy helps those who have no affiliation to popular schools. "Some of the popular schools have so many old boys, old girls; it's just almost impossible to get in,” said one parent. “So I think (setting aside places) is quite fair."

Over at Canberra Primary School in Admiralty Drive, balloting was held for children who are Permanent Residents staying within one kilometre of the school. But with 16 applicants vying for just three places, most went home disappointed. "I feel so sad,” said a parent whose child missed out on a place at the school. “But it's okay, we will (try) other schools."

The next phase – Phase 2C – of registration starts next Wednesday (July 30). Phase 2C is for all children who are eligible but have not yet registered in a primary school. 

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