MAN LIED ABOUT ADDRESS TO GET DAUGHTER INTO PRIMARY SCHOOL

A SELF-EMPLOYED man has admitted to lying about where he lived to get his daughter enrolled in a prestigious primary school.

The 35-year-old man indicated his address was within 1km to 2km of the school when he registered his daughter under Phase 2C of the Primary 1 registration exercise in 2013.

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His identity card showed the address but the man, who cannot be named to protect his daughter's identity, actually lived in Balestier Road, which fell outside that radius.

The property at the address he provided belonged to his uncle's sister and had been rented out. His acts came to light when the Education Ministry visited the place.

The man pleaded guilty yesterday to giving false information to the school's principal on July 30, 2013.

A charge of lying to a police sergeant 10 days earlier to have the address on his identity card changed will be taken into consideration when he is sentenced on Feb 3.

The false information allowed his daughter to secure a place in the school. She was reportedly still enrolled there when he was charged on May 27 last year. He faces up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

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Straits Times 7 Jan 2014

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