Compulsory Education: Deferment
Parents who wish to defer or delay entry of their children into Primary 1 must have strong reasons to support this. Applications may be made with MOE via an application form (66kb .pdf). For instance, a child whose birth date falls on 1st January 2008 will be 6 years of age on 1st January 2014. He/she will be due for Primary 1 in the school year commencing 1st January 2014. Hence, a parent who wants the child to enter Primary 1 on 1st January 2015 instead has to seek deferment for this.
Applications to defer registration/entry into Primary 1 may be made 6 months ahead of the commencement of the next school year, e.g. in June 2013 if the child is due to enter Primary 1 in January 2014.