Parents express concern, joy over move that gives MOE kindergarten kids 'unexpected advantage'
Children at an MOE Kindergarten in Punggol View. (Photo: MCI)
SINGAPORE: A move by the Ministry of Education (MOE) that will give children attending its kindergartens priority to attend the primary school that their kindergarten shares a compound with has made some parents happy, taken some by surprise, and left others expressing some major concerns.MOE said on Monday (Nov 27) that under a pilot programme, these children will be eligible under Phase 2A2 starting from the 2018 Primary 1 registration exercise, for admission in 2019.Phase 2A2 is third out of a seven-tier priority framework in the Primary 1 registration exercise. The phase was previously reserved for children whose parents or siblings have studied in the school, and whose parents are staff members of the school.To help parents understand the move, the MOE published answers to five questions that parents might have about what is planned.Housewife Felicia Tee - who volunteers at West Spring Primary School in Bukit Panjang - is among the parents unhappy with the change in the registration framework.Earlier this year, she had opted, after much thought, not to enrol her 5-year-old son in an MOE kindergarten co-located with West Spring Primary. While it was relatively near to her home at just three bus stops away, she decided to place her son in a kindergarten located under her block instead, as that option provided greater convenience.
15 kindergartens. The remaining three are in community sites and will eventually be relocated to primary schools.MOE expects to increase the number of kindergartens to 50 by 2023. These include those co-located with Pei Tong Primary School, North Vista Primary School and Huamin Primary School.