School placement exercise for Singaporeans returning from abroad starts on Wednesday

Secondary students exercise in this file photo. Children of returning Singaporeans can apply to go back to school next year from Wednesday.
Secondary students exercise in this file photo. Children of returning Singaporeans can apply to go back to school next year from Wednesday.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Children of Singaporean parents, who have returned from working abroad can, re-enter the mainstream school system through the School Placement Exercise which starts on Wednesday.

This exercise is for Singaporean children who are returning from abroad and wish to join secondary schools, junior colleges or the Millennia Institute at the start of the 2016 academic year.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Ministry of Education (MOE)said they will need to take one set of centralised tests in September and November, for admission to secondary schools and pre-university institutions respectively. They will receive their school placement results in December.

For those unable to return in time to take the tests in September, the MOE will conduct a Supplementary Placement Exercise in December.

Registration for this exercise starts in October. Those under this exercise will take the tests in mid-December and receive their school placement results in early February in 2016 for school admissions in the same month.

Children of returning Singaporeans seeking admission to primary schools can approach the MOE at any time of the year for help.

The ministry will offer them a place in a primary school with vacancies near the child's home at a level appropriate for his or her age cohort.

The child may take assessment tests conducted by the primary school to determine his or her level of attainment, so that it can help them settle into the school.

For more details, go to http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/returning-singaporeans/.