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Registration of Children for Primary One in 2005

The registration of children for admission to Primary One classes in 2005 will be carried out from Tuesday, 6 July 2004, to Thursday, 2 September 2004.  The dates for the different phases of registration are given at Annex A .

All primary and full schools will be open for registration from 0800 hours to 1100 hours and from 1430 hours to 1630 hours during the registration period.

Smaller class size for Primary One and Partial Single Session

From 2005, MOE will reduce the Primary One class size from the current 40 to 30 in all government schools.

Concurrently, MOE will also begin transiting schools towards partial single session over the next 10 years, where the Primary Three to Primary Six classes will be in one session while the Primary One and Primary Two classes will be in the other session. These changes were announced at the Committee of Supply debate in March 2003.

The smaller class sizes for Primary One will ensure that younger students, who need more assistance, can get more individualised attention and supervision from teachers.

The partial single session which will be gradually implemented over the next 10 years will eventually allow Primary Three to Primary Six students to benefit from the additional freed-up school facilities for enrichment programmes and CCA .

These initiatives will mean some reduction in Primary One places in certain primary schools. This reduction will be phased in gradually to give schools ample time to adjust to the changes.

However, there will be sufficient school places for all eligible P1 students in each planning area and across the entire primary school system. No child who is eligible for P1 will be denied a place in school.

Age Requirement

Children born between 2 January 1998 and 1 January 1999 (both dates inclusive) may be registered for Primary One classes in 2005.  Children born between 2 January 1996 and 1 January 1998 (both dates inclusive), who have not previously been registered for Primary One classes, may also be registered for admission to school in 2005.

Compulsory Education

Under the Compulsory Education Act, Singapore Citizens born after 1 January 1996 and residing in Singapore are required to attend national primary schools regularly. Thus, a child born between 2 January 1998 and 1 January 1999 has to be registered at the 2004 Primary One Registration Exercise for admission to Primary One in January 2005.

If a child is assessed as being not ready or suitable for Primary One on medical grounds, a parent may seek approval from the Compulsory Education Unit for deferment of registration. Application can be made using the relevant form available on the Ministry of Education (MOE)s website ( or at the MOE Customer Service Centre at 1 North Buona Vista Drive (Tel: 6872-2220).

Any queries on Compulsory Education may be directed to MOEs Compulsory Education Unit at Tel:  (65)-68796458/9 or Fax: (65)-67789356 or Email:



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