Updated: 07/15/2013 00:59

Education Ministry is monitoring P1 registration closely; Minister assures parents of enough places for children starting primary school next year



Education Ministry is monitoring P1 registration closely; Minister assures parents of enough places for children starting primary school next year


The Primary 1 registration for next year's intake is midway through, and Education Minister Heng Swee Keat says his ministry is monitoring the situation closely. 

He was speaking to the media after a community visit to Nee Soon East today, a day before Phase 2A(2) of the Primary 1 registration begins. 

Phase 2A(2), similar to Phase 2A(1), gives priority to children whose parents are former students of the school. 

But with 28 out of 190 schools having at least half their vacancies filled by Phase 2A(1), some have questioned the need to have such priority given to parents who are former students. 

Mr Heng said the ministry conducts a review after every Primary 1 registration, adding it's too early to make any announcement on changes to the system, if any at all. 

However, he assured parents there will be enough vacancies for children entering Primary 1 next year. 

He also said the ministry's key focus is to improve the quality of programmes offered in all primary schools.

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