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School placement exercise for overseas Singaporeans starts on Monday

The Straits Times | Monday, Jul 14, 2014

SINGAPORE - Children of Singaporean parents who have returned from working abroad can re-enter the mainstream school system through the School Placement Exercise which starts on Monday.


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School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans — Junior Colleges and Millennia Institute (SPERS-JC/MI)

The 2014 School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans — Junior College / Millennia Institute (SPERS-JC/MI) will be conducted on 20 Nov 2014 and registration opens on 14 July 2014.

The School Placement Exercise for Returning Singaporeans (SPERS) - Junior Colleges and Millennia Institute (JC/MI) is a centralised placement exercise conducted in November each year for Returning Singaporeans who wish to join the Pre-University 1 level at the beginning of the next academic year. Registration for SPERS-JC/MI opens in Jul each year.

SPERS-JC/MI is for Returning Singaporean (Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident) children who have lived and studied overseas and do not have a place in a local school (including places reserved under the Leave of Absence Scheme or otherwise).

As admission to JC/MI is merit-based, Returning Singaporeans who wish to participate in SPERS-JC/MI will be required to sit for SPERS-JC/MI tests comprising English, Mathematics and General Ability tests. Based on their performance in the SPERS-JC/MI tests, successful applicants will be provided with a list of JC/MI where students with similar abilities are already studying. Applicants may then approach any of the JC/MI on their lists to apply for admission.

SPERS-JC/MI is not compulsory and is targeted at Returning Singaporeans who return at the end of the year and prefer the convenience of a centralised placement exercise.

As such, Returning Singaporeans who require flexibility in timing or who have strong preferences for specific JC/MI are encouraged to approach their preferred JC/MI directly for consideration, before or after the SPERS-JC/MI exercise.

Returning Singaporeans who wish to pursue the pre-university course in a JC/MI should note that pre-university course is an intensive and rigorous course and only those who have been assessed to be suitable for the course will be offered a place.

Participating in SPERS-JC/MI does not guarantee admission to JC/MI, as admission is dependent on the applicant’s overall performance in the SPERS-JC/MI tests. After the exercise, unsuccessful applicants can approach their preferred JC/MI directly. Alternatively, they may consider other post-secondary courses offered by the Polytechnics, Institute of Technical Education (ITE) or Privately Funded Schools.

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