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Understanding Singapore Primary School Balloting Process

I registered my son for a primary school in an area under 1km from our house under the Phase 2C, which is for the children who do not fall under the earlier phases.

After the first day of Phase 2C registration, there are more children registered than vacancies. Immediately, I reacted that my son will have to do through the balloting process.

However, it seems not all applications will have to go through the balloting.

Hidden in the Ministry of Education (MOE) FAQ website on balloting, there are two examples of how balloting is done.

From the MOE FAQ,

If School A has 80 vacancies for a particular phase and 90 applicants (see table below), how will the places be allocated?


Home-School Distance
Singapore Citizen (SC)
Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR)
< 1km
60
10
Between 1km and 2km
10
5
> 2km
5
0
Total
75
15


All the 75 Singapore Citizen (SC) children will be admitted first.
The remaining five vacancies will then be allocated to the Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) children based on home-school distance in this order of priority - home and school distance is:
1. within 1km;
2. between 1km and 2km; and
3. outside 2km.
In this example, the 10 SPR children living within 1km from the school will ballot for the remaining five vacancies.

If School B has 70 vacancies for a particular phase and 85 applicants (see table below), how will the places be allocated?

Home-School Distance
Singapore Citizen (SC)
Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR)
< 1km
40
5
Between 1km and 2km
25
8
> 2km
7
0
Total
72
13

Singapore Citizen (SC) children within 1km will be admitted first. SC children living between 1km and 2km will also be admitted. Thereafter, SC children living outside 2km will be considered.
The 7 SC children living outside 2km will ballot for the remaining 5 vacancies.
The Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR) children are unsuccessful without balloting.

As it can be seen, priority is given to Singapore Citizens living less than 1km from the school. Only after priority allocation is given and there are still vacancies and there are more applications, then will the balloting take place.

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