Education in Singapore: International Schools

The Ministry of Education (MoE), which controls the development and administration of state schools in Singapore, also has an advisory role for private education.

Anglo-Chinese School (Independent), Singapore. Taken by User:Sengkang of ENglish.Wikipedia

The Ministry of Education (MoE), which controls the development and administration of state schools in Singapore, also has an advisory role for private education.Private schools are affected by the state in terms of their curriculum autonomy, tuition burden on their students, and their admission policies.There are a large number of International Schools in Singapore to choose from. Foreign students intending to study in Singapore are required to obtain a student pass from the Immigration Department.A list of international schools in Singapore is accessible, here.Re:locate, with guidance from website Singapore Expats, provides a breakdown of the education system in Singapore below.Primary School EducationA child starts studying at Primary One at the age of six and studies for six years. He/she then sits for the Primary School Leaving Examinations (PSLE) before moving on to secondary school for another four or five years.The Primary School Education consists of a 4-year foundation stage from Primary 1 to 4 and a 2-year orientation stage from Primary 5 to 6. The overall aim of primary education is to give students a good grasp of English language, Mother Tongue and Mathematics.
  • 6 years of compulsory education
  • National examination: Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE)
  • Students are encouraged to participate in Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) and Community Involvement Programme (CIP)
Secondary School EducationSecond School Education places students in the Special, Express, Normal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) course according to how they perform at the PSLE. The different curricular emphases are designed to match their learning abilities and interests.In secondary school, he/she can choose- based on his/her examination results to enter in the School Cambridge General Certificate of Education 'Ordinary' (GCE 'O's) level examinations.
  • 4-5 years of education
  • National examination: GCE ‘O’ Levels (for Special / Express courses) or GCE ‘N’ Levels (for Normal course)
  • All students take part in at least one CCA; CCA performance is considered for admission to JCs, CI, polytechnics and ITE
After the secondary level, it's a selection whether to go:
  1. Technical (ITE) or commercial institutes (MDIS, MIS, TMC, SIM)
  2. Polytechnics (Nanyang, Temasek, Ngee Ann, Singapore Polytechnic) to pursue diploma courses
  3. Pre-university centres or junior colleges to prepare for the Senior Cambridge General Certificate of Education 'Advanced' (GCE 'A')               level examinations and later on tertiary education
  4. Centralised institutions
Pre-University EducationThe Pre-U Education prepares students for the GCE "A" Level examination at the end of the 2-year junior college or 3-year centralised institute course. Students who completed their pre-university education will receive a School Graduation Certificate.
  • 2-3 years of education
  • National examination: GCE "A" Levels
  • All students take part in at least one CCA. CCA performance is considered for university admission
Source: Singapore Expats

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