11 Secondary Schools to Merge in 2017/18 due to falling birth rates
Singapore, Mar 2016 - Due to falling cohort sizes of secondary school students, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will be merging 11 pairs of secondary schools over the next two years in 2017 and 2018.
The fall in live births in Singapore over the past two decades has led to a corresponding decline in overall demand for school places, and a significant excess of secondary school places at the national level.
MOE monitors the demand for school places regularly, and over the past few years, has merged some secondary schools with low enrolment.1 To address the significant fall in cohort size in recent years, more secondary schools would need to be merged over the next two years.
Sufficient critical mass is needed for a school to offer a good range of educational programmes and co-curricular activities (CCAs) for its students. Schools with low enrolment will find it challenging to offer a good range of educational programmes due to the smaller number of students and this would have an impact on students’ learning experience.
MOE has identified the 11 pairs of schools to be merged based on considerations such as enrolment size, suitability of merger partners and infrastructure capacity. MOE will work together with the schools to ensure a smooth transition to the merged school and in the process, forge a strong school identity for the school community. The history and heritage of the schools will be documented in a heritage space in the merged school building.
MOE is committed to providing quality education for our students and will continue to monitor and respond to the changing demographics accordingly.
FOOTNOTESMOE has merged six pairs of secondary schools in the past five years. In 2011, two pairs of secondary schools were merged. Bedok Town Secondary was merged with Chai Chee Secondary (merged school named Bedok Town Secondary), and Broadrick Secondary was merged with Telok Kurau Secondary (merged school named Broadrick Secondary). In 2016, four pairs of secondary schools were merged. They were Bedok Town Secondary and Ping Yi Secondary (merged school named Ping Yi Secondary), Chestnut Drive Secondary and Fajar Secondary (merged school named Fajar Secondary), Clementi Woods Secondary and Tanglin Secondary (merged school named Tanglin Secondary) and First Toa Payoh Secondary and Bartley Secondary (merged school named Bartley Secondary).