Primary 1 balloting at five schools

S'poreans get priority at the sixth school oversubscribed at close of 2A2 registration

Five out of six schools that were oversubscribed at the close of the early 2A2 registration phase will be holding ballots for Primary 1 vacancies today.

Only one of these six schools, Nanyang Primary, will not be conducting a ballot. A total of 58 children applied for 55 places. The school will give preference to the 55 Singaporean applicants.

The other three children, who are permanent residents, will not get a place.

The other five schools - Red Swastika, Ai Tong, Catholic High, Henry Park Primary and Nan Hua Primary - will hold balloting only for Singapore citizens who live beyond a 2km radius of the schools.

Catholic High, for instance, has 24 children facing a ballot for 22 spots this afternoon.

When registration for Phase 2A2 closed on Tuesday, the school had 32 children vying for 30 spots available. Eight of the children, who are Singaporeans and live within 2km of the school, secured their places. The rest will have to ballot for the remaining vacancies.

Phase 2A2 is for children whose parents or siblings are former pupils of the school, or whose parent is a school staff member.

Housewife Su-Anne Seow, 34, was one of those who managed to get her six-year-old daughter into Nanyang Primary under this phase.

Mrs Seow, who lives in Simei, noted that the school in Bukit Timah, which offered the highest number of Primary 1 places at the start of the registration exercise, has always been popular.

"The school has a very strong Chinese focus, and I feel it is good to provide my daughter with an early exposure to her Chinese roots and the culture, as we hardly speak the language at home," she added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2015, with the headline 'Primary 1 balloting at five schools'. Print Edition | Subscribe