Mark your calendars, mamas: local P1 registration 2020 for Singaporeans and foreigners starts 1 July
Families interested in registering their children born in 2014 for local primary school should take note of the upcoming P1 registration 2020 exercise. For the 2020 exercise, all P1 registration will be conducted online. While this has been the case for most phases anyway, for the first time children who fall under Phase 2A1, Phase 2A2 and Phase 2B will not be able to register in person (due to concerns around the Covid-19 situation).
If your child is Singaporean or Permanent Resident and has an older sibling already enrolled in a local primary school, parents are required to submit an application directly to the school by 8 May 2020 (Phase 1 of the P1 registration process), and to register from 1 -2 July 2020. All other Singaporean/PR children will participate in Phase 2, which will run from 7 July through 21 August (click here for specific P1 2020 registration dates).
MOE has also announced that for the first time there will be a 25-30% cap on the intake of PR children at select primary schools, so as to “encourage interaction between Singapore citizen and PR children, and facilitate the integration of PR children into Singapore.” For 2021 this cap will apply to 10 schools known to have a high concentration of PR students; click here to see the list.
If you are neither a Singaporean citizen nor PR, note that all non-PR foreigners are required to complete an “online indication of interest,” which will only be live for one week, from Tuesday 2 June at 9am through Monday 8 June at 4:30pm. Click here for more details on the exercise; online registration instructions will be released soon. If you haven’t already, sign up here to receive email updates from the MOE.
In past years, non-PR foreigners registered in person at a local school during the third phase of registration around October. Now, non-PR and Singapore citizen who have not expressed an “online indication of interest” by early June CANNOT participate in Phase 3 of the P1 registration exercise in October.
All children born between 2 January 2014 and 1 January 2015 without Singapore citizenship or PR status are required to sign up online between 2-8 June 2020 to register interest in attending local school. For future reference, parents need to prepare the following documentation in advance, so please carefully read the list, scan and save the documents in advance:
Documentation Required for “Online Indication of Interest” for P1 Registration
* Information on the child (e.g. passport number; Foreign Identification Number to be provided, if any)
* Information on the parents (e.g. NRIC number / passport number and work pass number, if any)
* Valid email address
* Local or overseas contact number
* A copy of child’s birth certificate and passport in soft-copy (clear and legible in PDF, JPEG or JPG)
* Parents of non-SC / non-PR children are required to upload the following 2 supporting documents (clear and legible in PDF, JPEG or JPG) during the online indication of interest:
* Child’s birth certificate (if birth certificate is in other languages, please submit an accurate English translated copy); and
* Child’s valid passport data page
Note: You can only upload two documents online. The file size for each document should not exceed 2.5 MB. The total file size for both documents should not exceed 5.0 MB.
After registering interest in June, what comes next?
In October, families selected by MOE as eligible to register will be contacted to bring ALL original documents listed below in person to a designated school for verification. Take note that both parents’ original passports and identity cards will be required so manage travel plans accordingly:
* Child’s Birth Certificate
* Child’s Passport
* Child’s Immigration Exemption Order / Dependant’s Pass / Student’s Pass / Long-Term Visit Pass (If any)
* Both parents’ Passport / Singapore NRIC / Entry or Re-entry Permit
* Both parents’ Employment Pass / Work Permit / Long-Term Visit Pass (if any)
* Child’s immunisation records
* Child’s letter informing child can be offered a P1 place in the school
* Any other documents as required by the school to support the registration
* Alternatively, parents can authorise a person to register their child on their behalf. An original letter of authorisation is required from the parent.
How can I update my child’s vaccinations and check what is required?
Regarding vaccinations: To update all vaccination records, you can scan and email all vaccinations along with the child’s FIN number, full name to the Health Promotion Board at [email protected] .
How can I improve my odds of getting a spot in local school?
Admission to local school for foreigners (children without PR or citizenship) is decided at the discretion of the Ministry of Education. All families can do is follow the process by the deadline, submit the required documentation, and hope for a favorable outcome.
I hear that even if I am PR, I won’t get a spot in local school?
This is untrue. All children holding PR or citizenship are guaranteed a spot in local school. Be sure to review the registration by phases to learn the steps required if your child is not a foreigner.
How do I get into a “good school” as a foreigner?
Admission to local school and choice of schools for foreigners (children without PR or citizenship) is decided at the discretion of the Ministry of Education.
I am PR but my child is not, what do we do?
You register during the Phase 3 registration as a non-PR foreigner. The immigration status of the child signals the phase of registration, regardless of the status of the parent.
What if our application is denied?
This is a likely outcome. All decisions are final and appeals are not considered. All families should prepare a backup plan for the education of their child should the local school application not succeed.
Can I register next year?
Foreigners wanting to register outside of the P1 registration phases will have to take a rigorous standardized test called the AEIS and admission is at the discretion of the Singapore government. For more information consult the Ministry of Education. Click here to read about one mama’s experience when her son took the AEIS.
I want to register my child for local school but they were not born in 2014
Outside of the P1 registration, all foreign children applying for local school must take the AEIS exam. Admission to school is at the discretion of the Singapore government. For more information consult the Ministry of Education, mamas!