Parents hoping to clinch a place for their children at 86 primary schools face the likelihood of a ballot after the latest registration phase ended yesterday.
Schools that received more applications than vacancies available when Phase 2C closed included Nanyang Primary in Bukit Timah, St Hilda's Primary in Tampines and Rosyth School in Serangoon. Phase 2C - the fifth of seven - is for children with no affiliation to their preferred primary schools, and is considered to be the most competitive of the annual registration exercise.
Most of the 86 schools are expected to hold a ballot, which will be conducted on Wednesday.
Last year, 91 schools were oversubscribed at this stage of the exercise and 86 had to hold a ballot.
Nan Chiau Primary in Sengkang, Nan Hua (Clementi) and Rulang (Jurong West) were the most oversubscribed schools yesterday.
At Nan Chiau, there were 166 children vying for 61 spots. Nan Hua had 54 children applying for 21 places, while Rulang also received 54 applications for 21 vacancies.
Sengkang Green Primary will have the most disappointed parents, with 297 applicants for 130 places in this phase.
Two schools, Edgefield Primary in Punggol and Riverside Primary in Woodlands, had just enough places to meet the demand this year. Edgefield had 128 children applying for its 128 spots under Phase 2B, and Riverside had 162 vacancies filled by 162 applicants.
Among the parents who are likely to face a ballot is human resource manager Cecilia Tan, who registered her six-year-old son at Chongfu School. The school has 78 applicants vying for 63 spots.
Madam Tan, 44, had chosen the school in Yishun as it is near the family's home.
She had registered her only child at Anglo-Chinese School (Junior) in the earlier 2B phase as she is a member of a church affiliated to the school, but was left without a place after a ballot was held. Phase 2B is for children whose parents have volunteered in the schools, have links to churches or clans or are active community leaders.
"It was a bit disappointing, but the chances then were quite slim," she said.
ACS (Junior) had the hottest demand at the 2B stage this year, with 90 children vying for 58 spots. It held a ballot last Friday for children who are Singapore citizens and live outside 2km of the school.
With the home-school distance criteria playing to her advantage under this latest phase (2C), Madam Tan believes her son will be able to clinch a spot at Chongfu.
She said: "The chances are higher this time around and hopefully, we can get a place."