15 April 2021
Another 18 primary and secondary schools will be merged over the next three years as student enrolment continues to shrink.
Another 16 schools will be merged in 2023 and 2024. Since 2010, 68 schools have been merged, including eight junior colleges in 2019. The Education Ministry has said that 23 schools have also opened over that period. The majority of these are primary schools in newer housing estates like Punggol and Sengkang. Many of the affected schools are in mature estates, where there are fewer young families.
While MOE declined to provide the specific numbers of students and staff affected, it emphasised that no MOE teachers would be retrenched due to the school mergers. Instead, they will be redeployed, possibly to teach students at other levels.
The ministry said merging the schools would allow students to continue to have a fuller school experience, including varied subject combinations, co-curricular activities (CCAs) and leadership opportunities.