The parents of a primary school student have been fined a total of $9000 today (29 Jan) for giving a false address to enrol their child into a ‘prestigious primary school’.
The hoax was deliberately and carefully planned.
The year before registration, the parents changed their registered address from their bungalow in Serangoon Gardens to one in Bishan. They did so at a police post in Serangoon Gardens.
The year of registration, the couple provided their identity cards with the fake Bishan address to register their child for a school in Bishan, under Phase 2C of the registration exercise. The child was accepted by the school.
It was only weeks after the child matriculated in January that the vice-principal discovered the lie and lodged a police report.
The child’s mother was fined $5000 for “giving false information to a public servant”, and the father fined $4000 for “giving false contact address to a registration officer” at Serangoon Gardens police post.
Under MOE rules, a child who was successfully registered in a school based on false information might be transferred to another school with available vacancies.