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Exemption from compulsory education

Children who are required to undergo compulsory education must attend a national primary school regularly unless an exemption has been granted. Learn about the criteria for exemptions.

Overview

Children can be exempted from compulsory education (CE) if they are:

  • Born on or before 1 January 2012 and are unable to attend any national primary school due to any physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities.
  • Receiving home-schooling.
  • Attending a designated school, NorthLight School or Assumption Pathway School.
  • Unsuitable to attend any national primary school.

Exemptions

For children born on or before 1 January 2012

Designated school

Your child will need to apply for an exemption from CE if you wish for them to attend a designated school.

The designated schools currently providing full-time primary education are:

  • San Yu Adventist School
  • Madrasah Irsyad Zuhri Al-Islamiah
  • Madrasah Al-Ma’arif Al-Islamiah
  • Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah
  • Madrasah Wak Tanjong Al-Islamiah

How to apply

Submit your application to the MOE Compulsory Education Unit through the designated school.

Home-school

To home-school your child, you will have to meet certain conditions such as:

  • Satisfy our objectives for compulsory education.
  • Provide a curriculum plan for the 4 subjects (English Language, Mother Tongue Language, Mathematics and Science) of your home-schooling programme.
  • Provide a teaching plan for Character and Citizenship Education.
  • Possess the necessary qualifications.

 

Children who are home-schooled must:

  • Sit for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) in 4 subjects (English Language, Mother Tongue Language, Mathematics, Science) at standard level.
  • Meet the 33rd percentile PSLE aggregate score of students who take the 4 subjects at standard level in national primary schools in that same year.
  • Sit for a National Education quiz before the PSLE.

For more information, please contact our Compulsory Education Unit.

Special educational needs

Children born on or before 1 January 2012 are exempted if they are unable to attend any national primary school due to physical, intellectual or developmental disabilities.

How to apply

Submit your request with all supporting medical documents to our Compulsory Education Unit.

For children born after 1 January 2012

Designated school

Your child will need to apply for an exemption from CE if you wish for them to attend a designated school.

The designated schools currently providing full-time primary education are:

  • San Yu Adventist School
  • Madrasah Irsyad Zuhri Al-Islamiah
  • Madrasah Al-Ma’arif Al-Islamiah
  • Madrasah Alsagoff Al-Arabiah
  • Madrasah Wak Tanjong Al-Islamiah

How to apply

Submit your application to the MOE Compulsory Education Unit through the designated school.

Home-school

Children without or with mild special educational needs

To home-school your child, you will have to meet certain conditions such as:

  • Satisfy our objectives for compulsory education.
  • Provide a curriculum plan for the 4 subjects (English Language, Mother Tongue Language, Mathematics, Science) of your home-schooling programme.
  • Provide a teaching plan for Character and Citizenship Education.
  • Possess the necessary qualifications.

 

Children who are home-schooled must:

  • Sit for the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) in 4 subjects (English Language, Mother Tongue Language, Mathematics, Science) at standard level.
  • Meet the 33rd percentile PSLE aggregate score of students who take the 4 subjects at standard level in national primary schools in that same year.
  • Sit for a National Education quiz before the PSLE.

Children with moderate to severe special educational needs

If you wish to home-school your child, you must:

  • Provide an Individualised Education Plan that includes the curriculum that you will be using with your child and the desired learning outcomes.
  • Demonstrate  that you have the suitable qualifications, which would include skills and competencies, to deliver the educational aspect of the IEP for your child.

For more information, please contact our Compulsory Education Unit.

Unsuitable to attend national primary schools

Children may be exempted from CE if their learning needs are professionally assessed to be unable to be met in a national primary school OR if they are unable to attend any national primary school due to severe or complex conditions, including medical conditions.

How to apply

Submit your request for exemption with all supporting documents to our Compulsory Education Unit.