Singapore’s educational system is widely recognized in the world. In particular, it is well known to produce quality and analytical students filled with diverse knowledge of the world. Education in Singapore is managed by the Ministry of Education. Broad responsibilities of the Ministry includes development and administration of state schools, supervisory of private schools, and regulation of the education system. Difference in the state and private schools will be in the extent of autonomy in their curriculum, school policies, and amount of government funding.
There are four types of schools in Singapore, namely – Primary Schools, Secondary Schools, Junior Colleges, and Tertiary Schools (Includes Universities, Polytechnics, and Institutes of Technical Education). Primary schools’ curriculum is composed of 6 years, secondary schools 4 to 5 years (depending on whether they are enrolled in the express or normal stream, Junior Colleges 2 years, Universities 3 to 4 years (depending on the type of courses), Polytechnics 3 years, and Institutes of Technical Education 3 years. Singaporeans in general spent about 16 years in schools.
The main language in Singapore and in the schools is English, while the primary schools, secondary schools, and Junior Colleges do teach its students Mother Tongue languages depending on the student’s race. The main Mother Tongue languages includes Mandarin, Malay, and Indian. This symbolize Singapore’s unique multi-racial culture.
Following that, students then move on to colleges and universities to get their bachelors. Graduates then either move on to specialize in their expertise of research as a PhD student or as a executive at a part time executive MBA Singapore.