Statistics on Primary Schools with Highest Number of Alumni under Integrated Schools in the last three years
Parliamentary Question, 18 Feb 2020
Ms Anthea Ong asked the Minister for Education for each of the 17 Integrated Programme (IP) schools in the last three years (a) which are the three primary schools with the highest alumni respectively; and (b) what percentages of their respective student populations are made up of students from the three primary schools.
Mr Ong Ye Kung: In general, IP schools are drawing from a larger number of primary schools. This is because parents are more willing to send their children to primary schools near their homes, instead of popular schools.
To the Member’s specific question, across our 17 schools that offer IP, there is considerable variation in terms of which are their three highest-contributing primary schools. On average, these primary schools account for 24% of IP schools’ admission, falling from 27% in 2019 and 28% in 2018.
Our IP schools are taking active steps to ensure that they remain accessible to deserving students from all primary schools, including through the Direct School Admission scheme. IP schools also undertake individual efforts to increase diversity in admissions, from enhancing their school-based awards to reaching out to the community.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Anthea Ong is a Nominated Member of Parliament. (A Nominated Member of Parliament (NMP) is a Member of the Parliament of Singapore who is appointed by the President. They are not affiliated to any political party and do not represent any constituency. There are currently nine NMPs in Parliament.)
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