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How Primary 1 Balloting Works?


The Primary 1 Balloting Exercise is every parent’s nightmare. It is a pure game of luck. However, parents can play a part in gaining extra chances in the balloting exercise. Unfortunately, many parents are unaware of the timeline to earn these precious chances. Read on, whip out your note book and pen down your to do list now before it’s too late!


Which Phase and What do they mean?

Refer to the table below, if you have already fulfilled the requirements for Phase 1 to 2A2, you already gotten the golden ticket to your desired school for your child. Sadly, the majority of parents do not fall into these phases. But do not give up yet! It’s important that you at least get yourself a seat in Phase 2B which gives you an extra chance for P1 balloting!
Phase 2C is for the general public, i.e anyone who wants their child to get into the desired school. Here, priority is still given to those residing within 1km from the school should there be balloting.

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How to get into Phase 2B

(assuming you are residing 1km from the school or already has a plan to be 1km from the school)

Fulfill any of the below requirements to be eligible for phase 2B registration:

Phase 2B criteria 1: How can I be a parent volunteer?
Parents who are volunteers of the school can be prioritized too! There are a number of service hours set by the school (usually 40) that parents have to complete at least one year before their child is due to register. Schools open their parent volunteer applications at different times so do call and email the school at least 1.5 years before your child’s registration year to sign up for it! Most of the time you will be required to attend an interview conducted by the school if the number of applicants exceeded the number of vacancies for parent volunteers.

Phase 2B criteria 2: How can I join an affiliated organization?

Being a member of an affiliated organization can give your child a higher chance of entering the preferred school. An endorsement letter will be required in this case. For example, any Methodist church will be affiliated to the Methodist Schools and this list of schools are affiliated with the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan. Do call and check with the school which are the affiliated organizations at least a year before your child’s registration year and ensure you are getting the endorsement letter from them 6 months before the registration date.

Phase 2B criteria 3: How can I join the grassroots
Call the People’s Association office nearest to the school, tell them your intention, the school you wish to register for your child and enquire for the correct community (eg. The NC or RC makes a difference) you should be volunteering in at least 2.5 years before your child’s registration year. You need a full 2 years of service as a grassroot member before you can receive a recommendation letter from the chairman.

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What if your child is unsuccessful in registration?

If during any phase of the registration exercise your child is unsuccessful, do look out for the next phase that you are eligible for and proceed to register for your child.However, if your child is still unsuccessful in Phase 2C Supplementary, he or she will be posted to a school with available vacancy and you will be informed of the outcome through SMS.


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