Mr Chua Kheng Wee Louis asked the Minister for Education (a) whether primary schools have the discretion to admit primary one students directly and ahead of any balloting conducted, should the number of registrants exceed the school vacancies; and (b) if so, what are the circumstances under which direct admission is permissible and what is the number of such students admitted annually in the last five years.
Mr Chan Chun Sing: Students enrol in Primary 1 (P1) through the annual P1 Registration Exercise, which is administered by the Ministry of Education. Schools do not have the discretion to directly admit P1 students before or during this exercise.
Ministry of Education
23 February 2023