- Returning Singaporeans
- Leave of Absence (LOA) Scheme (Applicable to Returning Singaporeans only)
- Student Admissions
- International Students
- Local Students
Who are Returning Singaporeans?
Returning Singaporean children refers to children who are Singapore Citizens (SC) orSingapore Permanent Residents (SPR) who are living and studying overseas and are currently not attending local schools.
Returning Singaporean Children include:
• Children who are going overseas to live and study.
• Children who are currently living and studying overseas.
• Children who are returning home having lived and studied overseas.
What are the options for school admission for Returning Singaporean?
In recognition of the different needs of Returning Singaporeans, MOE has provided several options for school admission. Returning Singaporeans can choose one or more options based on their individual needs. For example, Returning Singaporeans who have a strong preference for a school of choice may choose to approach the school directly to seek admission, or also apply to MOE for assistance for school placement.
Students who are Returning Singaporeans have 2 options:
1. Apply for admission at their schools of choice directly. Shortlisted applicants may be required to sit for the School’s Placement Test. The cost of Placement test fees for 1st subject is $44 and $22 for each subsequent subject.
2. Participate in the School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans (SPERS) or in the Direct School Admission exercise.
Any centralised placement exercise conducted by the Ministry of Education for school admission?
School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans (SPERS) was started in 2006 to facilitate Returning Singaporeans’ (RS) re-entry into the local education system by offering a more convenient one-stop alternative to the ad hoc admission system where RS would have to approach several schools individually and sit for multiple school-based entrance tests. SPERS-Sec involves applicants sitting for a common set of English and Mathematics tests in mid-October for Secondary 1-3 admission in the following year. Based on their overall performance in the SPERS-Sec tests, applicants will each receive a list of secondary schools where students of similar abilities are already studying in. Applicants will then submit their school choices, following which MOE will then post them based on their school choices, their performance in the SPERS-Sec tests and available vacancies.
Details of the SPERS-Sec and SPERS-JC/MI exercises and the Supplementary Placement Exercise are found in the MOE RS website at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/returning-singaporeans/
Leave of Absence (LOA) Scheme (Applicable to Returning Singaporeans only)
What is Leave of Absence (LOA) Scheme?
In support of Singapore’s regionalisation efforts, the Ministry of Education has implemented a Leave of Absence Scheme (LOA) to facilitate children who accompany their parents on overseas posting to be readmitted into their schools upon their return.
Under this scheme, children granted LOA will continue to be registered as a student of the school. Upon their return, they can be re-admitted to their schools directly.
Who are eligible to apply for the LOA Scheme?
The child must be a Singapore Citizen (SC) or Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR), and is presently studying in a Singapore school and will be accompanying his parent on an overseas posting and intends to re-join his former school on his return.
Why must pay to apply for the LOA scheme? How much?
LOA fees were charged to defray the schools’ administrative costs of keeping in touch with these students. With effect from 1 Jan 2013, the LOA fee pro-rated on a quarterly basis by SGSS is as follows:
• $240 for one full year;
• $180 for ¾ of year (ie. start month is April onward);
• $120 for ½ year (ie. start month is July onward); and
• $60 for ¼ year of LOA (ie. start month is October onwards).
How to apply for the LOA Scheme?
1. Complete the Application Form for Leave of Absence. Form is available on the MOE website at: http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/returning-singaporeans/leave-of-absence/
2. Submit application form to the school.
3. Enclose a cheque made payable to the school (if application is made by post) or make cash payment at the school. Please do not send cash by post.
4. Renew LOA in November each year by submitting the renewal application form together with the required payment.
Do I need to renew the LOA Scheme on a yearly basis?
At the end of October, parents will need to decide whether to renew the LOA for their child for another year. LOA status will lapse for those who decide not to renew their LOA application.
For existing LOA applicants, parents are to submit the renewal application form together with the required payment to the school by November.
Who can I contact for enquiries on MOE Services for Returning Singaporeans?
For enquiries on MOE Services for Returning Singaporeans, you can contact:
Customer Service Centre
Tel: +65 68722220
Fax: +65 67754487 / +65 67768616
International Students (IS)
International student with Dependant’s Pass (DP) or Immigration Exemption Order (IEO) or with either parent who is a Singapore Citizen (SC) or Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR), and who wish to study in a mainstream school, meeting the age criteria, may consider the following 2 options:
Option 1: Apply directly to schools
Schools generally consider admission applications in the first half of the year and international students may apply for admission at their schools of choice directly. Admission is subject to the availability of vacancies and the international students meeting the school’s admission criteria.
International students with DP/IEO need not apply for Student’s Pass but International Students with either parent who is a SC/SPR need to apply for a Student’s Pass. Admission is subject to the applicant obtaining a Student’s Pass issued by the ICA.
Option 2: Participate in Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS)
International students seeking admission into Secondary 1-3 in the following academic year can apply centralized school admissions under AEIS. International students participating in AEIS would enjoy the convenience of a centralized test on English and Mathematics, and the offer of a school place based on available school vacancies and their performance in the centralized test. There would be no school choices and requests for school transfers will not be entertained.
To register for or find out more about AEIS, please visit the AEIS webpage at http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/admissions/international-students/admissions-exercise/
International Students (IS)
International student without Dependant’s Pass (DP), without Immigration Exemption Order (IEO) and whose parents are not Singapore Citizen (SC) or Singapore Permanent Resident (SPR), and who wish to study in a mainstream school, meeting the age criteria, are required to sit for and pass the Admissions Exercise for International Students (AEIS) that is conducted in Sep/Oct annually. This exercise is for International students seeking admission in the following academic year. International students participating in AEIS would enjoy the convenience of a centralized test on English and Mathematics, and the offer of a school place based on available school vacancies and their performance in the centralized test. There would be no school choices and requests for school transfers will not be entertained.
International students who are unable to make it for the AEIS may wish to participate in the Supplementary Admissions Exercise for International Students (S-AEIS) in Feb/Mar for admission in the same academic year.
Shortlisted student will receive a Student’s Pass Online Application & Registration (SOLAR+) Registration Acknowledgement Letter from the school that will register him for Student’s Pass (STP) application. Upon receiving the SOLAR+ Registration Acknowledgement Letter issued by the school, the applicant should log into SOLAR+ on-line at ICA website immediately to apply for a Student’s Pass.
Local Students’ Admission
Admission is subject to the availability of vacancies and the students meeting the school’s admission criteria. Shortlisted students may be required to sit for the entrance test to assess their suitability for subject allocation.
Who is eligible for the Edusave Account?
Every Singaporean student at primary or secondary level in the Government or Government-aided schools (GGAS) will receive an annual contribution into his Edusave account in January of the year.
How much is my child entitled to?
Each student receives an annual Edusave contribution of $200 at primary level and $240 at secondary level. The Edusave account can be used to pay for approved fees and enrichment programmes. Under exceptional circumstances, one-off grant may also be paid into the Edusave accounts of eligible students.
How can my child make use of the money in his Edusave account?
The school will seek the parents’ consent to deduct from his Edusave account to pay for enrichment programmes organized by the school. Parents are strongly encouraged to establish Edusave Fee Standing Orders to use their children’s Edusave accounts to pay for the 2nd tier miscellaneous fees. For more details on the 2nd tier miscellaneous fees, please refer to the FAQs under School & Miscellaneous Fee.
Can my child use his Edusave account money to pay for exam fees, uniforms and textbooks?
No, he cannot. Edusave accounts are a form of Government subsidy to Singaporean students at primary and secondary levels to meet their educational expenditure. Students in all GGAS may use their Edusave accounts to pay for approved fees and charges for programmes and activities organized by the schools which contribute to enhancements in teaching and learning.
If financial assistance is required for exam fees, uniforms and textbooks, the child can approach the school to apply for financial assistance.
What will happen if my child withdraw from a programme paid by Edusave?
If a student withdraws from a programme, he may forfeit the refund because the school still needs to make payment to the programme supplier, or as a penalty to discourage wilful absence. Schools may refund to the Edusave account if there is legitimate reason for the withdrawal and the programme supplier is not charging the school.
How can I find out the balance in my child’s Edusave account?
In February each year, MOE will send the annual Edusave statement directly to all account holders. It will list all transactions from February in the previous year to January in the current year, including interest credited.
Parents can check the available balance in their account and the amount and date of the last Edusave contribution through the Edusave Phone Enquiry System at telephone number 6260 0777.
What will happen to the Edusave account balance when my child leaves school?
If your child is below 16 years old, he will continue to keep his Edusave account. Once he reaches 16 years old and is not studying in a government secondary school or junior college, his Edusave balance will be transferred to his Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA). He can use his PSEA to pay for approved fees and charges in approved educational institutions.
POST-SECONDARY EDUCATION ACCOUNT (PSEA)
What is PSEA?
The post-secondary education account (PSEA) scheme helps parents save for their children’s post-secondary education by maintaining a Post-Secondary Education Account (PSEA) for each eligible child. This is part of the Government’s efforts to encourage every Singaporean to complete his post-secondary education. It also underscores the Government’s commitment to support families in investing in the future education of their children, and to prepare them for the economy of the future. PSEA is not a bank account. It is administered by the Ministry of Education and is opened automatically for all eligible Singaporeans.
My child is a Permanent Resident. Will he be eligible for the PSEA?
No, only Singapore citizens are eligible for the PSEA.
Why can’t my child make use of the PSEA for his educational expenses at primary, secondary and junior college levels?
PSEA is to be used for higher education which is more expensive. Education at primary, secondary and junior college level is heavily subsidized by the Government. There are financial assistance schemes, scholarships and bursaries in place to help parents with the expenses.
Why is there a need to transfer the surplus funds in the PSEA to the account holder’s CPF-Ordinary Account when he turns 30?
The PSEA is aimed at post-secondary education at the pre-employment stage, generally between 18 to 30 years of age. After age 30, it is likely that the account holder has started employment. Hence, the balance is transferred to CPF OA for other uses.