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Stricter Primary 1 priority rules for grassroots workers

Published on Jun 12, 2014 9:33 AM
A teacher at Cantonment Primary School getting her students to queue up on the first day of the school term on Jan 4, 2011. -- PHOTO: ST FILE

Parents who become grassroots volunteers in the hope of getting priority for their children in the Primary 1 registration exercise will have to serve twice as long as before. They will have to do at least two years of grassroots work, not one, to qualify for the benefit.

They will also be restricted to schools in the constituency where they live. Up to now, grassroots leaders could get priority for their children in schools near their homes as well as in the constituencies where they volunteered.

The changes, which will affect children registering for Primary 1 in 2016 and later, were announced by the People's Association (PA) in a circular sent in April, a copy of which was obtained by The Straits Times.

Signed by Mr Ang Hak Seng, the PA's chief executive director, and addressed to advisers of its grassroots organisations and mayors of the Community Development Councils, it said the PA had reviewed the scheme and felt it was still "relevant" in promoting collaboration between schools and the community.

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