Young Parents team
If you don’t happen to be an old boy or girl of a school, one popular way of getting into an earlier phase of the Primary 1 registration process is to volunteer.
To qualify for Phase 2B, you would have had to joined the primary school as a parent volunteer no later than July 1, 2015, plus given at least 40 hours of voluntary service by June 30, 2016.
But does volunteering more than 40 hours give you priority?
The volunteer scheme aims to encouraging a “sense of service” to the schools, and seeks to involve parents in their child’s educational journey. It’s not primarily about getting priority during registration. So take the opportunity to get to know the programmes offered at the institution you’re helping out at.
But note that there’s no guarantee of a place, even if you fulfil the required hours. This is because Phase 2B is also open to those with church or clan associations, or are active community members, and is a very competitive phase in popular schools.
There are now 20 vacancies reserved for this phase in each school to ensure “continued open access to all primary schools”, MOE says. In past years, some popular schools didn’t even have vacancies at Phase 2B.
Primary 1 registration 2016: primary schools in Ang Mo Kio, Bishan, Woodlands, Yishun
Primary 1 registration 2016: Bedok, MacPherson neighbourhood primary schools
Primary 1 registration 2016: neighbourhood schools in Sengkang, Hougang