Saturday, January 23, 2010

Singapore Education System

This is a flow chart of the Singapore Education System. It gives us an idea of how school-going children in Singapore progress from Primary up to Tertiary Education.

- provides 3-year pre-school education program
- caters to 4-6 year olds
- school hours usually 3-4hours a day, five times a week
- learning activities that develop language and literacy skills, basic number concepts, simple science concepts, social skills, creative and problem solving skills, appreciation of music and movement and outdoor play
- learning 2 languages: English and Mother Tongue (choice of Chinese, Malay, Tamil)


- a 4-year foundation stage from Primary 1 to 4 and a 2-year orientation stage from Primary 5 to 6 (6 years of COMPULSORY education)
- overall aim of primary education: to give students a good grasp of English language, Mother Tongue and Mathematics
- National examination: Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE)
- Students are encouraged to participate in Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs) and Community Involvement Programmes (CIP)


- places students in the Special and ExpressNormal (Academic) or Normal (Technical) course according to how they perform at the PSLE
- 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

Special And Express Courses:
4-year courses leading to the GCE ‘O’ Level examination. Special course students offer Mother Tongue at a higher level (Higher Chinese/Higher Malay/Higher Tamil).

Normal Course:
■Students in the Normal course follow either the Normal (Academic) [N(A)] or Normal (Technical) [N(T)] curriculum.

■4-year programme leading to the GCE ‘N’ Level examination.

■A 5th year leading to the GCE ‘0’ Level examination is available to N(A) students who perform well in their GCE ‘N’ Levels.

■Students can move from one course to another based on their performance and the assessment of their Principal and teachers.


- 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




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