Seems like the declining population is quite serious indeed. Not too long ago there was another merger: 8 JCs to merge (i.e. 4 JCs to close down). “Merge” is just a nice way to say that the affected schools are closing down.
I think at this rate, quite a few jobs may be affected, like paediatrician (children’s doctor), childcare, and even tuition. I think a previous Today article mentioned the impact of declining population on the tuition industry.
The following Primary/Secondary schools will be merged in 2019:
Bendemeer Primary – from merger of Balestier Hill Primary and Bendemeer Primary
Casuarina Primary – from merger of Loyang Primary and Casuarina Primary
Cedar Primary – from merger of MacPherson Primary and Cedar Primary
White Sands Primary – from merger of Coral Primary and White Sands Primary
Damai Primary – from merger of East Coast Primary and Damai Primary
Jing Shan Primary – from merger of Da Qiao Primary and Jing Shan Primary
Junyuan Primary – from merger of East View Primary and Junyuan Primary
The merged secondary schools will be:
East Spring Secondary – from merger of East View Secondary and East Spring Secondary
Jurongville Secondary – from merger of Hong Kah Secondary and Jurongville Secondary
Yuhua Secondary – from merger of Shuqun Secondary and Yuhua Secondary
The merged schools will be located at the schools whose name has been chosen for the combined entities. For example, students from Loyang Primary will thus have to go to the existing Casuarina Primary School from 2019.