The Ministry of Education (MOE) announced today (4 Mar) that 11 neighbourhood secondary schools will be removed in 2017 and 2018. Citing “falling demand” due to low birth rate in the past two decades, the MOE said that this has led to a “significant excess” of secondary school places at a national level:
“Sufficient critical mass is needed for a school to offer a good range of educational programmes and co-curricular activities for its students. Schools with low enrollment 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.”
The affected 11 schools are:
1) Balestier Hill
4) North View
7) Si Ling
8) Bedok North
9) Bishan Park
10) Chong Boon
The school compound of these schools may be returned to the Singapore Land Authority for other uses, while the staffs and students will be transferred to other neighbourhood schools.
Although Singapore’s population has actually increased from 3 million to 5.65 million today, most of the increase are immigrants above the age of 21. Very few foreigners would raise their kids in Singapore because of National Service for the males. The country currently has the lowest birth rate in the world at 1.25 due to a high cost of living, exorbitant property prices, longest working hours in the world, and a lack of social security and retirement.