Parliament: Fewer than 10 cases of parents lying to get child enrolled in school over past decade

In cases where parents have been convicted and charged for providing such false information, the pupil affected will be transferred to another school with available vacancies
In cases where parents have been convicted and charged for providing such false information, the pupil affected will be transferred to another school with available vacanciesPHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - There have been fewer than 10 cases of parents providing false information to secure a place for their child in a school over the past decade, said Education Minister (Schools) Ng Chee Meng in Parliament on Tuesday (Feb 27).

In cases where parents have been convicted and charged for providing such false information, the pupil affected will be transferred to another school with available vacancies, Mr Ng said in reply to a question from Mr Darryl David (Ang Mo Kio GRC).

It was reported last month that a couple was fined $9,000 for lying about their residential address in order to enrol their child into a popular school in the Bishan area.

In 2014, they visited their neighbourhood police post to change their registered address to one in the Bishan area, which was within 1km of the school, but they in fact lived in a bungalow in Serangoon Gardens.

The following year, the mother used the fake address to register her child for Primary 1 at a school in Bishan, under Phase 2C of the registration exercise, which is for those with no links to the school. Should a school be over-subscribed in that phase, parents will have to ballot for places in the school, and those living within 1km of the school will have priority during the balloting.

Mr David also asked Mr Ng if the school will provide counselling services for the affected pupil and follow up with the pupil to see if he or she has adjusted well to the new school.

Mr Ng said the school will give the student necessary educational and emotional support if needed.