'Buying places' a thing of the past for local schools

Primary one students dining and interacting at a school canteen while their parents look on.
Primary one students dining and interacting at a school canteen while their parents look on.PHOTO: ST FILE

Making donations to secure places for children in local schools is forbidden today, though it was not unheard of in the past.

One man, whose daughter did not get into a popular Special Assistance Plan (SAP) school through the official Primary 1 registration process, donated $10,000 towards a pond in the school. His daughter was subsequently granted a place.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2019, with the headline ''Buying places' a thing of the past for local schools'. Print Edition | Subscribe