Neighbourhood primary schools 'well-received' in P1 registration exercise

Mr Heng (right) and school management committee chairman Wee Cho Yaw learning about Chung Cheng High School (Main)'s new mobile app.
Mr Heng (right) and school management committee chairman Wee Cho Yaw learning about Chung Cheng High School (Main)'s new mobile app.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

Primary schools in the neighbourhoods have been "well-received" in the latest Primary 1 registration exercise, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday.

His comments come as places at popular primary schools are taken up more quickly this year than ever before.

At an event to mark the 74th anniversary of the Chung Cheng High School family, Mr Heng said that while some parents continue to look for "branded" schools, he has seen an improvement in parents' attitudes in the last two years.

He added that many are more focused on "holistic" education that does not focus solely on academic activity.

They are also discussing with schools whether their programmes and activities suit their children.

"It will take time before the perceptions of parents change but we're headed in the right direction."

Phase 2B of Primary 1 registration starts tomorrow, giving priority to children of parent volunteers at the school, members of a church or clan connected to it and active community leaders.

Mr Heng also spoke on the importance of bilingualism, a key strength of the Chung Cheng High School family.

He said that under the Lee Kuan Yew Fund for Bilingualism, his ministry has started promoting languages at the pre-school level. Resource materials will be given out to pre-schools and kindergartens in the coming months.

To mark its anniversary, Chung Cheng High School (Main) created a mobile application that allows students to trace the school's history. It lets them see images of the past school campus overlaid on the current buildings, and listen to interviews with alumni members.

The school also officially opened two new buildings, which were completed last year. The Na Yun Building houses the new indoor sports hall and the Hao Ran Building holds a renovated multi-purpose hall and canteen.