School registration starts for returning S'porean children

Singaporean children who are living abroad and wish to enrol in a school here can start registering from today.

The Ministry of Education's (MOE) School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans (Spers) is open for registration for those who wish to join secondary schools, junior colleges or the Millennia Institute at the beginning of the 2018 academic year.

Spers, a centralised placement exercise held at the year end, helps the children of Singaporean parents working abroad with easier re-entry into the mainstream school system.

The children will need to take only one set of centralised Spers tests for school admission, MOE said in a press statement yesterday.

Those seeking admission to Secondary 1 to 3 next year can take the Spers-Sec tests on Sept 20, while those looking to join Pre-University 1 can take the Spers JC/MI tests on Nov 16.

Applicants will receive their school placement results in December and can join secondary schools or junior colleges at the start of the school term early next year.

Those interested can go to the MOE website at for more information.

They can also contact the MOE Customer Service Centre on 6872-2220 or e-mail

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 04, 2017, with the headline 'School registration starts for returning S'porean children'. Print Edition | Subscribe