P1 registration goes online this year, with a cap on PR children

The registration of children for admission to Primary One (P1) classes in 2021 will open from Wednesday, July 1 to Friday, October 30.

However, in view of the COVID-19 situation, there will not be any in-person registration at schools for the upcoming 2020 exercise, Ministry of Education (MOE) said in a press statement.

The procedures will be moved online, and parents can register their children for a school of their choice using their SingPass account. MOE will notify parents of the results via a text message to the phone number provided to the ministry. 

Photo courtesy: Facebook/MOE
Photo courtesy: Facebook/MOE

With effect from the 2020 P1 Registration Exercise, MOE is also introducing a cap on the intake of Permanent Resident (PR) children during the P1 Registration Exercise.

"This is to prevent any concentration of PR children in our primary schools, provide a more conducive environment to encourage interaction between SC and PR children, and facilitate the integration of PR children into Singapore," the ministry said.

The cap will be about 25–30 per cent of the school's planned P1 intake. MOE noted that the introduction of the PR cap will not result in any change to the priority that SC children have over PR children. 

The vast majority of primary schools and PR children will not be affected by this cap as their past patterns of PR admissions are well below the cap.

Meanwhile, International Students will continue to register under Phase 3 of the P1 Registration Exercise, after all SCs and PRs have been allocated a place under the earlier phases.

International Students who intend to participate in Phase 3 of the P1 Registration Exercise will need to submit an online 'indication of interest' form via the MOE P1 website, from June 2-8. MOE will notify IS applicants who have indicated their interest via email in October 2020, as to whether their child can be offered a P1 place in a primary school. ​