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Possible balloting at early stages for P1 registration

Primary school registration is in its early stages, but a small number of schools could see balloting at the next phase, 2A(2). If this happens, it would be the first time children whose parents are former students of the school have to ballot for a spot.

SINGAPORE: Primary school registration is in its early stages, but a small number of schools could see balloting at the next phase, 2A(2).

If this happens, it would be the first time children whose parents are former students of the school have to ballot for a spot.

Registration started earlier this month, and so far, has only involved children with family links to the schools.

There are a total of seven phases in the primary school registration process.

Phase 2A(1), which ended on Tuesday, was for children with parents who are members of the school alumni association, or who are on the school's governing board.

The upcoming round, 2A(2), is also for children of former students and school staff.

Eight schools now have fewer than 50 vacancies for this phase, so balloting could happen.

CHIJ St Nicholas Girls' School in Ang Mo Kio has the fewest spots, at 14. Last year, the school registered 33 children at this phase.

Catholic High School in Bishan has 27, while Methodist Girls' Primary in Bukit Timah has 37.

Nan Hua, Pasir Ris, Cedar, Henry Park, and Singapore Chinese Girls’ Primary each have between 42 and 48 spots left.

Most of these schools have alumni associations, and their members were able to register their children at phase 2A(1).

But Pasir Ris and Cedar Primary do not have alumni associations, so those who registered so far are only children with siblings already in the school, and children of former students will only be applying at the upcoming phase.

More than half of Singapore's close to 187 schools have 100 or more places available for the next phase, and are not total vacancy numbers.

With a new rule this year, every school has 40 more spots set aside for later phases 2B and C, for children with no family connections to the school.  

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