Education plays a huge role in an individual’s life whichever path she/ he may take. From 7 years old up until your early 20s, going to school is a way for you to learn, make friends and understand the true meaning of responsibility. Therefore, it is important to set a plan for your child’s education.
In Singapore, the Ministry of Education (MOE), continuously evolves the curriculum to better fit every individual’s learning opportunities. Beyond financial aid and scholarships, the MOE has also taken steps such as providing more engaging teaching methods (such as role-play & investigative tasks) as well as the Form Teacher Guidance Period (FTGP).
As a parent, planning which school to enrol your child in, the extra-curricular activities you might want to take, the financial aspects and everything in between can be hard.
It is important to choose a school that will allow your child to grow and develop his/ her strengths, here are some considerations you should have before the next academic year:
Finding a school that is in close proximity to your house not only means a shorter travelling time but also reduced transportation costs. Most of the time, young parents opt to bring their children to the neighbourhood kindergarten just around the block as it eases the mode of transportation but also enables both the parents and the child to forge stronger bonds with the school.
You would never have to worry about running late!
For a list of schools near (within 1 km and 1-to-2 km) your residential address, visit the Singapore Land Authority One Map School Query Service.
Mother Tongue Languages
With Singapore being a multi-racial country, there are Mother Tongue Language options offered at the school. Parents should note that:
- Chinese Language is offered in all schools;
- Malay Language is offered in all except Special Assistance Plan schools; and
- Tamil Language is offered in most schools
Your Child’s Interests
Beyond academics, as a parent, you should consider your child’s non-academic interests – whether it’s playing sports, performing arts, music or technology. Most primary, secondary and even tertiary institutions offer such activities to help discover a child’s talents and pursue it holistically. Picking an after-school activity of their interest will help foster social integration and deepens a student’s sense of belonging, commitment and sense of responsibility to the school and the community.
- Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs)
Schools offer a variety of co-curricular activities that include:
- Physical sports and games (Football, Netball, Badminton)
- Uniformed groups (Girl Guides, National Cadet Corps, St. John’s Ambulance Brigade)
- Visual and Performing Arts Groups (Choir, Drama, Dance)
- Clubs and Societies (Chess, Infocomm, Student Leader Board)
Additionally, if a student is not keen on any of the activities offered by the school, he/ she can petition for a new CCA so long as it meets the school’s requirements.
Each school has its own unique strengths. Each institution identifies with its own set of values, vision and mission that will allow you to discover if your child is suited for the school. Some schools also offer religious affiliations for cognitive learning along with your child’s academic education.
Some primary schools (mostly those with religious/clan associations) have close ties with certain secondary schools, in the form of affiliation.
Your child can enjoy priority admission to the secondary school affiliated to his/ her primary school, provided he meets the school’s admission criteria, and he indicates the affiliated secondary school as his first choice.
According to the MOE, they have “progressively implemented a series of enhancements to primary school education from 2009, which incorporate the recommendations made by the Primary Education Review and Implementation (PERI) committee. These enhancements aim to make learning more enjoyable and meaningful for your child and seek to develop in him a balance of skills and values”.
School and miscellaneous fees in all local schools have been kept affordable so that every child can enjoy the benefits of primary school education all the way to tertiary education.
Take a look at the 2018 Education Fees in Primary Schools:
|SCHOOL FEES||STANDARD MISCELLANEOUS FEES||SECOND-TIER MISCELLANEOUS FEES1|
Your child may use his Edusave account to pay the second-tier miscellaneous fees
|International Student (ASEAN)||$415.00||$6.50||$6.50|
Programmes for Intellectually Gifted Students
The Gifted Education Programme (GEP) caters to students who are intellectually gifted.
Your child’s school will invite him to participate in a Screening Exercise when he is in Primary 3, as part of a two-stage Identification Exercise, to select students for the GEP.
GEP students will be placed in selected primary schools from Primary 4 to Primary 6. The enriched curriculum in the GEP is built upon the subject syllabi of the regular curriculum, and taught by teachers selected and trained by MOE’s Gifted Education Branch.
GEP students have many opportunities to learn and play with fellow non-GEP students during planned lessons and activities for Mother Tongue Language, Physical Education, Art and Music, as well as Values in Action (VIA) projects and CCA.
For learners with high ability in specialised areas, who are not in the GEP, there are opportunities to enrich their learning through both school-based and MOE centrally organised activities during or outside of school hours.
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