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School placement exercise for returning Singaporeans

Source: www.moe.gov.sg

START OF 2007 SCHOOL PLACEMENT EXERCISE FOR RETURNING SINGAPOREANS
The 2007 School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans (SPERS) is open for registration from 1 Aug 2007 for Singapore children who are returning from overseas and wish to join secondary schools, junior colleges (JC) and Millennia Institute (MI) at the beginning of academic year 2008.
Applicants will sit for the SPERS papers on 16 Oct 07 and placement results will be released in late November and mid-December for those seeking admission to JC/MI and secondary schools respectively.
This is the second year that the Ministry of Education (MOE) is conducting SPERS, a centralised placement exercise held at the end of the year for returning Singaporeans (RS).
Via SPERS, Singaporean parents working abroad can look forward to easier re-entry into the local education system for their children when they return to Singapore. They will no longer need to seek admission to schools through taking multiple school-based tests
SPERS is only applicable to RS seeking admissions into Secondary 1, 2, 3 (SPERS-Sec), and JC1 (SPERS-JC/MI) in 20081. As Secondary 4 and JC2 are national examination years, RS generally would not re-join at these levels.
Improvements to SPERS-JC/MI Papers
Drawing from the experience of the exercise in 2006, we will be making two refinements to SPERS-JC/MI.
First, we will include a non content-based general ability paper, to more holistically assess candidates who have attended overseas schools with curricula different from Singapore's.
Second, we will refine the Mathematics paper, and focus on those topics which are generally included in the secondary curricula in other countries.
RS who wish to pursue the pre-university course in JCs/MI should take note that the pre-university course is an intensive and rigorous course and only those who have been assessed to be suitable for the course will be offered a place.
RS who do not qualify for the pre-university course under SPERS-JC/MI may still consider other post-secondary courses offered by the Polytechnics, the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) or privately-funded schools, and approach these institutions directly for admission.
Pilot Overseas Conduct of SPERS papers
In response to feedback from overseas Singaporeans for the test to be held nearer where they are staying overseas, we will also be offering RS the choice of taking the SPERS-Sec and SPERS-JC/MI papers in Shanghai this year.
This is a pilot to determine if there is sufficient demand for such a service. Shanghai was chosen as the pilot location as recent data showed that the China has the largest number of RS being admitted back into our schools.
RS registering for SPERS can choose to take the SPERS-Sec and SPERSJC/ MI papers in Singapore or in Shanghai.
RS who choose to take the papers in Shanghai will be charged a higher fee to cover the additional costs of administering the papers overseas.
To ensure that the fees for the administration of SPERS papers overseas are affordable and for optimal resource utilisation, a minimum of 20 candidates is needed for the pilot to proceed.
If less than 20 candidates register, the pilot will be cancelled and the candidates will be offered to sit for the papers in Singapore instead. Any excess fees paid will be refunded.
2007 SPERS Exercise Format
SPERS-Sec and SPERS-JC/MI will be conducted in the following schedule:

To participate, RS are required to register between 1 Aug and 2 Oct 07 to take the papers in Singapore, and between 1 Aug and 28 Aug 07 to take the papers in Shanghai. The SPERS application form can be obtained from MOE¨s website at http://www.moe.gov.sg/esp/eduinfo/
Details on the exercise format, schedule and fees can be found in the ANNEX.
More Information and Enquiries
For more information on SPERS, please refer to the MOE website at http://www.moe.gov.sg/esp/eduinfo/ or contact us at the following:

MOE Customer Service Centre

1 North Buona Vista Drive

Email: MOE_RETURNHOME@MOE.GOV.SG

Tel: 6872 2220

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION

1 August 2007

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1 RS seeking admission into primary schools may approach MOE at any time of the year for assistance to be admitted into a primary school. MOE will offer the RS a place in a primary school nearest to their home with vacancies at the level/s appropriate to their age cohort. The children will not have to sit for any placement test for admission to primary schools. However, schools may conduct assessment tests after admission to ascertain the child¨s current attainment level and provide the appropriate assistance to help the child settle back into schools. RS can choose not to take up the places offered by MOE. If so, they can approach other primary schools directly to seek admission with them, as is the current practice. MOE will be happy to provide information on vacancies in schools they are interested in. The schools which they choose to approach will continue to have the discretion to decide on whether to accept their application for admission.

Source: www.moe.gov.sg Press Release 1 Aug 2007

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