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MOE contributes to Child education development in Singapore

Pre schools, kindergarten and nursery schools are aiming for new heights today. The Child development program and orientation process has been discovering new ways to train the best. To what extent these efforts are effective and innovative? Can we add more value to their upcoming projects? How relevant these initiatives are for their great endeavour?

Before coming to the criticism part let us have a quick look on the Kindergarten and Primary education facilities of Singapore. Ministry of Education (MOE) primarily controls the development and monitoring activities for state schools and private schools. There are differences on autonomy, funding, course curriculum, tuition fees and admission procedure between these two levels of schools. Voluntary Welfare Organizations (VWO) partially funded by MOE run Special education (SPED) schools for children with disabilities. For Singapore citizens expenditure in education sector comprises of 20% of annual national budget. This serves state education and government aided private sectors. For homeschooling also exemptions are allowed. English being the primary language for children which is being taught from pre school stage.

Kindergartens provide 3 years education to children aged between three and six. These are termed as Nursery, Kindergarten 1 and Kindergarten 2. There are more than 200 kindergartens registered with MOE. These are run by private sector, community foundations and business groups etc. Primary education is divided into two stages Foundation and Orientation. Foundation stage is a four year programme (Primary 1 to Primary 4) and  Orientation stage is for two year (Primary 5 to Primary 6). Primary education is compulsory and tuition fees in Singapore are free of cost up to this level. But monthly SGD 13 is being charged as miscellaneous costs.

 At the end of Primary 6, National Primary Schools leaving Exam is being held to determine whether the student is good enough to leave primary school and apply for secondary education.

 Home tuition Singapore is considered as an additional help for the parents seeking to improve their children’s grade and attain complete private assistance. Education policies are favouring meritocracy, the ideology to identify and nurture young students for leadership positions. Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) programme provides financial help to low income families having household income less than SGD 1500 or SGD 1800. Even every year Edusave Merit Bursary (EMB) is provided to about 40,000 students born in poor families. Ministry of education conduct exchange programmes with 120 primary and secondary schools in Singapore. Through this students get chance to visit overseas schools in ASEAN countries like China, India etc.

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