SINGAPORE: Primary 1 registration for admission to schools in 2022 will begin on Jun 30, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Thursday (May 20).
Like last year, the registration exercise will be fully online and schools will not conduct in-person registration.
It is compulsory for children born between Jan 2, 2015, and Jan 1, 2016, both dates inclusive, to participate in this exercise or be enrolled in a Junior 1 or Primary 1 programme of a SPED school.
This year's registration exercise will be conducted in several phases from Jun 30 to Oct 29. There are two modes for online registration depending on the phase: Online application forms and the Primary One Internet System (P1-IS).
“As both of these registration modes require SingPass, parents are advised to set up their SingPass 2-Step Verification (2FA) early, and ensure that their SingPass account is valid before the commencement of the P1 Registration Exercise,” MOE said in a media release.
An ongoing review of the registration framework mentioned during MOE's Committee of Supply Debate in March will not affect this year's registration exercise, the ministry added.
Those registering under Phase 1 – for children whose siblings are current students of the school – the school will provide parents with details on how to register their younger child. Registration online begins on Jun 30.
For Phases 2A(1) and 2A(2) – children whose parents are alumni members or former students of the school, as well as children from the MOE kindergarten located at the school – registration begins on Jul 7 and Jul 14 respectively.
Phase 2B, which is for children whose parents are school or community volunteers, or have affiliations to churches or clan associations, registration begins on Jul 26.
Phase 2C and 2C Supplementary, which is for children who are Singapore citizens or permanent residents and have no links to the school, registration begins on Aug 3 and Aug 19 respectively.
International students will register during Phase 3, after all Singapore citizens and permanent residents have been allocated places. Parents can submit an indication of interest form on the MOE website between Jun 1 and Jun 7, and will be informed of the availability of places in October.
"In selecting a primary school, parents should choose a school that suits their child’s overall learning needs and interests, (for example) schools’ distinctive programmes, co-curricular activities, ethos and culture, as well as home-school distance for the convenience of the child," MOE said.
More information on the different phases of registration can be found on MOE's website. The list of primary schools and vacancies available will be updated by the middle of next month.
Parents who require assistance during registration may contact the school of their choice via email or telephone on the respective registration days between 9am and 4.30pm, MOE said.
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DEFERMENT OF REGISTRATION
Parents of children who have been assessed as not ready for Primary 1 by a qualified health professional can seek approval for deferment of registration from MOE's Compulsory Education Unit.
Deferment can also be sought by parents of children born on Jan 1, 2016, if they want their child to join the 2023 Primary 1 cohort instead.
Applications for deferment can be made between now and September on the MOE website.
ADDRESSES AND INFORMATION
Parents should use their official home addresses as stated on their NRICs in the registration exercise, MOE said.
Children who gain priority admission through the home-school distance category must reside at the address used for registration for at least 30 months from the start of the registration exercise on Jun 30.
"If this condition is not met, MOE reserves the right to transfer the child to another school with vacancies," the ministry said.
Children can also be registered using the address of a caregiver, such as a grandparent or a parent's sibling. Parents who wish to do so should complete the Declaration of Alternative Child-Care Arrangement form on the MOE website between Jun 28 and Aug 5.
Any registrant who provides false information during the 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 vacancies after all eligible children have registered," MOE said.
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From Thursday, parents of prospective Primary 1 students can download and register for MOE's Parents Gateway app on their mobile devices using their Singpass accounts.
The app will provide updates and information on the registration exercise as well as tips on how to support children as they start their primary school studies.
"Parents are encouraged to prepare early and regularly check the P1 Registration Exercise website ... for the latest updates on the registration exercise and the documents required for registration, including registration for overseas Singaporeans," MOE said.