I never realize living in Singapore is all about calculation. Everything is formulated in certain way, things are structured and regulated including the Primary 1 registration. There is a whole formula for it and keep the hearth pumping for each parents. The registration is not that easy, especially if you are looking for school of your choice.
There are certain formula taken into consideration to be accepted on the school of choice, and the process for registration is taking into phases. In all, it takes about 1 month to complete the whole registration.
Therefore for parents who are new to this regulation and formulation especially a foreigner like myself, it is totally chaos if you are not prepared for it.
To make it short and to give you a better illustration, the phases for registration classified into 5 steps though they mentioned it 2 categories with each sub categories. Bare in mind! There is not test for acceptance or any financial involvement on this whole exercise. All the primary school in Singapore is public school, there is no such thing called private school. Everyone are going through the same process of applying for the school of choice.
Phase 1 – Sibling currently studying in the school of choice. If there is no sibling, bad luck, you need to apply to the next phase.
Phase 2A1 – Parent in school alumni association, if you are NOT, tough luck go to the next phase
Phase 2A2- Parent or sibling was the school ex-student. If not … next!!!!
Phase 2B – Parent join the parent volunteer program run by the school or the parent is an active community member within the school region.
Phase 2C – Based on the school home distance, preferably between 2 km from the school. if NOT! last chance
Phase 2C supplementary – 2nd choice, and if you miss this one … that is! the ministry of education will allocate the school for you
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Now! when you look into all these phases can you imagine, there are so much consideration you have to take into account when you want to register your kids for primary school. And if your kid has sibling, you need to think about the sibling when he goes to primary school in the future. It is all connected.
The same goes to you, what ever school you choose for your children can be the future school for your grandchildren and so on ….lol.
I am writing this post because, It is really like putting yourself into a bet of luck especially if you are not fall into any of those phases categories.
Would you continue dream big for the school of choice if you know for the fact you are not even qualified for each of the phases?
Bottom line is – go to the nearest school if you are not fall under any earlier phases. The chance for the nearest school is higher and it is convenient for your kids too. They will have enough time to rest and relax after school time.
Sigh! for us we are still not sure … we are still thinking of putting her in one of our school of choice but it is very far from home.
Let’s seeee … wish us a lot of luck! thank you for reading.