SINGAPORE: Only one out of the five Ministry of Education (MOE)-run pilot kindergartens will need to undergo balloting.
Registration for the last three kindergartens closed at 5pm on Friday.
Of the 320 places offered at the kindergartens in Blangah Rise Primary, Farrer Park Primary, and a void deck in Tampines Street 45, only 82 applications were received.
The one at Tampines had 37 applications for 80 vacancies.
Blangah Rise drew 27 applications and Farrer Park had 18 applications. Both have 120 vacancies each.
The kindergartens at Dazhong Primary and Punggol View Primary completed their registration exercises earlier.
Dazhong Primary received 56 applications, while Punggol View had 140 applications.
Each has 120 places, too.
MOE says 90 per cent of the total 278 applications came from Singapore citizens.
Parents will find out the results of their application via post by May 3.
On the relatively low number of applications, MOE said the numbers are "a good start", and that it would continue to ensure the delivery of a quality kindergarten curriculum and share its teaching and learning resources with other pre-school operators.
MOE is still accepting applications for the four pre-schools that have vacancies. - CNA/ir
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