askST: Who gets priority in P1 Phase 2C registration

Children entering Primary 1 are granted school admissions in different phases. The results of Phase 2C in this year's registration exercise will be announced on Aug 3. Boys and girls who do not fulfil all the criteria for this stage will have to wait
Children entering Primary 1 are granted school admissions in different phases. The results of Phase 2C in this year's registration exercise will be announced on Aug 3. Boys and girls who do not fulfil all the criteria for this stage will have to wait for the next phase to commence.ST FILE PHOTO
Children entering Primary 1 are granted school admissions in different phases. The results of Phase 2C in this year's registration exercise will be announced on Aug 3. Boys and girls who do not fulfil all the criteria for this stage will have to wait
Sandra Davie.ST FILE PHOTO

Focus now on children who are Singapore citizens or PRs, with no links to a school

Phase 2C of the Primary 1 registration process will start on July 27. This phase is for children with no links to schools. Registration for this phase ends on July 29, and the results will be announced on Aug 3. A flurry of questions has come in about this phase of the registration, and senior education correspondent Sandra Davie provides the answers.

Reader K. Malika: "My mum cares for my son during the week. Can I use her address to register my son for Primary 1? Do I still have priority to schools near my mother's home?"

Answer: Yes, but a statutory declaration is required.

Both you and your husband must be working full time and your mum must not be employed and must be providing full-time care for your son.

If statutory declaration is used, children who are registered using the address of either a grandparent or a parent's sibling, and residing within 1km or between 1km and 2km from the school of choice, are balloted together with other children of the same citizenship residing between 1km and 2km.

Reader Cecelia Ang: "If there are more applicants than places in Phase 2C, do Singaporeans living outside a 2km radius get priority over permanent residents living within 2km of the school?"

A: All children with Singapore citizenship will be admitted first in Phase 2C, which is for those with no links to schools.

The remaining vacancies, if any, will then be allocated to permanent residents (PRs) based on the proximity of their homes to the school. Balloting will be required if the number of citizens applying exceeds the number of places in this phase.

Reader Zulaiha: "What if I register my child in a school on the first day of Phase 2C and then change my mind? Can I withdraw the earlier application and try another school?"

A: Yes, you can.

To register your child in another school under Phase 2C, you need to withdraw your application in person from the first school and then proceed to your other school of choice to register. Both parents' identity cards have to be produced at the schools.

Reader Mary Tao: "My daughter is not a citizen or PR. Do I have to wait till Phase 3 to register her? Is she guaranteed a place?"

A: You can register your child only under Phase 3. But you should note that admission is not guaranteed as there are limited places left after places are allocated to children who are citizens or PRs.

You can consider other options such as private schools.

Reader Terence Li: "My child is not a Singapore citizen or PR. If she is not successful in getting a place in a school I want under Phase 3, can I appeal for a place in another school later in the year or in January?"

A: The Ministry of Education (MOE) posting is final. The ministry will therefore not entertain nor reply to appeals on the posting results. Schools will also not entertain any walk-in application for admission or transfer of non-Singapore citizen or non-PR children.

Reader K.K. Das: "Can I make a donation to a mission school to obtain a place for my son?"

A: The MOE, on its website, says the buying of school places is strictly not allowed. All school principals are aware that under no circumstances are they to solicit or accept donations in exchange for school places.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 23, 2016, with the headline 'Who gets priority in P1 Phase 2C registration'. Print Edition | Subscribe