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Education System in Singapore

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Education system in Singapore is different from that of India.

In India academic session is from June/July to April/May. In Singapore, the academic session is from January to December. So in case you plan to take this scholarship, you will lose one year. So in case your are selected you would be in class equivalent to 9th in India.

Student will be admitted to one of the best junior colleges of Singapore. How the allotment is done is entirely decided by them. Some of the colleges of Singapore are as follows:

  1. Raffles Junior College
  2. Hwa Chong Junior College
  3. Victoria Junior College
  4. National Junior College
  5. Temasek Junior College
  6. Anderson Junior College
  7. Anglo Chinese Junior College
  8. Saint Andrews Junior College


Which college is better: Every college has its own features and more or less you will find all acceptable.

Various programmes are conducted initially to make student familiar with Singapore culture and studies. There are various host family programmes, assimilation programes to make student comfortable and relaxed in the new environment.

Secondary Schools in Singapore

  • Secondary schools in Singapore can be government funded, government aided or independent. Students attend four or five years of secondary education under the Special, Express or Normal Course. 
  • The Special and ExpressCourses prepare students for the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education 'Ordinary' (GCE 'O') Level examination in four years. 
  • Students in the Normal Course can opt for the Academic or Technical stream, both of which prepare students for the Singapore-Cambridge General Certificate of Education 'Normal' (GCE 'N') Level examination after four years of study and upon satisfactory completion, the GCE 'O' Level examination in the fifth year.
  • Secondary education curriculum includes English, the Mother Tongue, Mathematics, Science and the Humanities. 
  • At Secondary 3, students can opt for electives of their choice, depending on whether they are in the Arts, Science, Commerce or Technical stream.
  • Singapore's secondary school curriculum is recognised worldwide for its ability to develop students with critical thinking and intellectual skills.
  • Foreign students are accepted at secondary schools subject to availability of vacancies.


GCE A Level

The inner circle centring on life skills ensures that students acquire sound values and skills to take them through life as responsible adults and active citizens. It comprises the non-academic curriculum.

The middle circle on knowledge skills seeks to develop students’ thinking, process and communication skills. This will enable students to analyse and use information and be able to express their thoughts and ideas clearly and effectively. It comprises skills-based subjects.

The outermost circle covers the content-based subject disciplines i.e. Languages, Humanities & the Arts, and Mathematics & Sciences. It ensures that students have a good grounding in content across different areas of study.

Pre-University Education

Pre-University Education 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.

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GCE A - GCE means General Certificate of Education and A means Advanced level


The school year is divided into two semesters. The first begins in the beginning of January and ends in June; the second begins in July and ends in December.

Level/Grade Typical age
Pre-school playgroup 3-4
Kindergarten 4-6
Primary school
Primary 1 6-7
Primary 2 7-8
Primary 3 8-9
Primary 4 9-10
Primary 5 10-11
Primary 6 11–12
Secondary school
Secondary 1 12-13
Secondary 2 13–14
Secondary 3 14-15
Secondary 4 15–16
Secondary 5 16-17
Post-secondary education
Tertiary education (College or University) Ages vary









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