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An Overview of Education in Singapore

  1. Michael Filippone
  2. Thursday, October 11th, 2012

An Overview of Education in Singapore

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An Overview of Education in Singapore

Singapore is an economically exploding city attracting students of all ages to participate in various educational programs. Elementary education in Singapore starts at age six and continues until the age of ten. This stage consists of basic curriculum involving learning English as a primary language and native tongue in addition. The basics of mathematics are also encompassed within the program. Science, social studies, arts and crafts are introduced within the third year of education. Upon completion of the 4-year program, the orientation period is implemented, and it consists of two years of career guidance and requirement to participate in community programs. Both stages of the primary education typically come at a cost, but different venues are available for students from financially disadvantaged families as well as international pupils of different origins.

The secondary education is provided for participants between the ages of 13 and 16. Typically known as high school, the program varies greatly depending on the curriculum offered by the school. Generally the U.S. educational program is followed combined with British components of science and art classes. Most schools prepare their students with additional agenda to enter the college level of education.

The college education in Singapore is diversified. Most schools offer junior college programs leading to further university-based education. The junior programs consist of two or three year courses with a wide spectrum of classes encompassed within the curriculum. The higher education in Singapore can be segregated into public and non-public educational opportunities. The universities generally offer full-time study courses with selected degrees. Training curriculums are also available with a wide range of diploma options. There are currently three universities and 300 private higher education schools in Singapore. The universities provide financial aid to many students, whereas the private sector requires substantial financial investment. Only few private schools offer monetary help. However, the post-graduate job opportunities are readily available. As a result, many students opt for finding the means to finance their higher education and remain in Singapore permanently to advance and expand their future aspirations.

Students in Singapore consistently score high in global league tablets. The main reason is attributed to the favorable teacher-student ratio. There is one teacher per each 10 students within the Singapore’s school system. The attention given to each student is personal and results in high scores throughout every level of education starting from preliminary to college. Singapore’s trained graduates are highly sought after and are offered extensive opportunities within the business and finance industries around the globe. Within the expending economy of Singapore, financial experts and educational specialists are provided with unlimited spectrum of possibilities. The positions are especially attractive to young generation of international students seeking exceptional venues and income options.

An Overview of Education in Singapore.

Michael Filippone

About the Author: Michael Filippone

Michael Filippone has traveled throughout Europe, Latin America and Asia. Each year he travels several hundred thousand miles. He regularly visits Singapore for business and has a great love of the Orient.

His favorite things are morning runs in big cities and getting lost. He has a great passion for all things that are water-sport related: paddle surfing, surfing, free diving, fishing, rowing… Here you will find his musings on everything from where to go get lost on a jungle adventure to a road-trip in Thailand to a romantic cruise weaving through the Indonesian archipelago. Here too are hand-selected articles penned for him by writers he likes on the best places to go from Singapore. As well as being one of the key drivers behind setting up Singapore.com, he runs and part-owns Asia.com – a travel site on all things happening in the wider region. Michael is known to be fond of skipping rope and other than the odd beer, his preferred beverage is coconut water. He loves to fish and play volleyball with his children. He trained as an Olympic rower and loves to see his children find their way in sports and life.

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