Real estate professional Kiwi Lim from Huttons Asia believe that this move by MOE to favour Proximity versus Affiliation will mean that parents who are school alumni of good schools will no longer have a strong advantage over those who stay near the school when registering their children for Primary 1 admission at the respective schools if a school has more applications than vacancies in phase 2C of registration, priority will be given to Singaporeans living closer to the school.
This may see prices of homes near top schools soar even higher than their current high prices in the market right now after the Ministry of Education's (MOE) announcement on Thursday. However home prices within the area may not jump drastically as more homes will be in the new school radius (see diagram below).
While 40 places will be set aside for Phase 2C, Phase 2B will continue to have 20 places. This phase is for children of parent volunteers and those with links to clan associations. On top of this, applicants in Phase 2C will also be allocated two-thirds of the remaining vacancies from earlier phases while those eligible for Phase 2B, will be allocated one-third of the places. Previously, remaining vacancies from earlier phases were split evenly between both phases.
MOE said this decision is in line with its broader objective of setting aside more places for Phase 2C to ensure that more children with no prior connection to the school can go to a school near their home.