School placement application to open for returning Singaporeans

Secondary school students attending a class. Singaporean children returning from overseas who wish to join an educational institution are required to take tests to determine the schools they are eligible for.
Secondary school students attending a class. Singaporean children returning from overseas who wish to join an educational institution are required to take tests to determine the schools they are eligible for.ST FILE PHOTO

SINGAPORE - Singaporean children returning from overseas who wish to join a secondary school, junior college or Millennia Institute (MI) can apply to do so from Wednesday (July 4) under the 2018 School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans (Spers).

Returning children are required to take tests to determine the schools they are eligible for.

Those seeking admission to Secondary 1 to 3 next year can take the Spers-Sec tests scheduled on Sept 19, and those seeking admission to Pre-University 1 can take the Spers-JC/MI tests on Nov 15.

As Sec 4 and Pre-University 2 are national examination years, returning Singaporeans will not typically re-enter the school system at those levels.

Applicants will receive their school placement results in December, enabling them to join local schools at the start of the term in January next year.

The Ministry of Education (MOE), which announced the opening for applications on Tuesday, will also conduct a Supplementary Placement Exercise (SPE) for children who are unable to return in time to sit for the Spers-Sec tests in September.

The tests for the SPE will be held in mid-December and applicants will receive their placement results in February next year.

After the tests are conducted, applicants will each be provided with a list of schools that they are eligible to apply for, based on their performance.

Applicants will then be required to submit a maximum of six choices online.

"This will not reduce the chances for students in Singapore to get into the schools of their choice, as there will be no reduction in the number of school places available to them," MOE said in a statement.

For more information visit www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/returning-singaporeans/