88 primary schools oversubscribed in Phase 2C of P1 registration exercise, from 77 last year

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SINGAPORE - Eight-eight schools got more applications than vacancies in Phase 2C of the Primary 1 registration exercise this year - an increase of 11 schools from the 77 schools last year.

This means about 48.6 per cent of all 181 primary schools were oversubscribed in this phase - which is slightly higher than last year's 42.5 per cent.

The data was published on the Ministry of Education's (MOE) website on Friday (Aug 5).

Phase 2C is widely considered to be the most competitive phase of the exercise as it is open to children who have no prior links to the school.

Children whose parents were school alumni or whose siblings are already enrolled in the school applied for a Primary 1 spot in earlier phases.

Phase 2C was revamped this year to increase the number of reserved spots from 20 to 40, in a bid to keep primary schools accessible to all children.

On Friday, all but eight schools had more than the 40 reserved places available.

The most oversubscribed school was Princess Elizabeth Primary in Bukit Batok, which received 278 applications for 55 slots, meaning five children are applying for each spot.

Nan Hua Primary in Clementi and Northland Primary in Yishun were also heavily oversubscribed. Nan Hua received 191 applications for 40 places and Northland received 199 applications for 42 places.

Among the oversubscribed schools, 83 will hold ballots while five will not.

The schools that will not hold ballots are Alexandra Primary School, Jurong West Primary School, Ngee Ann Primary School, Paya Lebar Methodist Girls' School and St. Anthony's Primary School.

The Straits Times understands that this may be due to factors like the citizenship status of the applicants, which could disqualify some pupils and thus, negate the need for a tie-breaker.

Another two schools will hold ballots for permanent residents or PRs as they have reached the MOE cap on the number of PRs, said the MOE website.

The two schools are Opera ...

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