How different is Education in differenct countries?
February 6, 2009 5:34am CST
Being a Singaporean, I have always been told how Singapore education has been considered one of the more efficient educational systems in the world. Is it really true? Please share your experiences/ thoughts about Singapore education as well as your own educational experiences in other countries (if you are in other countries).
6 Feb 09
I don't know anything about how the education system is like in Singapore but I can tell you some about how it works here in Sweden. Children start school in the fall the year they turn 6 (grade 0) this grade is not really school, just so they get how it works - there are not many lessons but they have shorter lessons daily and many brakes. You could say it's a year to prepare the kids for the real school. In Sweden you'll have to attend school from grade 1 up to grade 9 after that you're free not to, but most studens goes to school for 3 more years - now they can choose if they want to be a carpenter, assistant nurse or go to a fully teoretical program. At this moment all programs (there are 15 national programs) gives you the chance of attending university. In Sweden all schooling is free - even if you choose to send your child to a private school. They study the common subjects and will start to learn English in grade 2 or 3 - in grade 6 or 7 they start another language - Frensh, German, Spanish or Italian are the most common - there isn't always an opportunity to select other than one or two. The school is national and it's said that all students regarding gender, social background will have the same education in the end. There are national tests in grade 3, 5 and 9 to see how the studens do all over the country. I hope you got some answers.
6 Feb 09
Well, in Singapore, it's subsidised education, but not free. The child starts going to Nursery (1 yr) at 4 years old, Kidergarden (2 yr) and finally Primary 1 (your Grade 1). This will last till Primary Six (taking a national exam at the end of the year) and the students goes on to Secondary school for 4 years. They take the Cambridge O Levels at the end of the 4 yrs (at age 16) The better students after that goes on to junior colleges to do the Cambridge A Levels after 2 years and goes on to the university (if they qualify). The average kids go on to normally do a 3 year diploma and start their working life after that. There are Institute of Technical Education (ITE) for some of the students not that good in studying and are like vocational institutes and the students learn a skill. Our schools normally only teach 2 languages, English and Mother Tongue (Chinese, Malay, Tamil). Some students do attempt a 3rd language in their secondary school life but not that many. The amount of money a student pays depends on the school. Private secondary schools can demand as high as S$250 per month and that is excluding the miscellaneous fees for the student.
• United States
9 Feb 09
Singapore education is recognized as equivalent to British standard, it is highly efficient compare to it neighbor backward education system. It intake of student into tertiary education is based on meritocracy rather than race and religion like in Malaysia has produced many graduates excelled in various fields over the years. All these achievement are attributed by the far sighted government officials Singapore has.
• United Kingdom
8 Feb 09
I would be interested to learn about the education in Singapore. I can imagine having been to Singapore the education system there most be excellent. The majority of people in Singapore are intelligent and well behaved. In England school begins at 4 years old, officially 5 years. Primary school has a reception year, then school years 1 to 6. Then a child joins secondary school for school years 6 to 10. They can stay on in years 11 and 12 or study somewhere else. Compared to the rest of Europe our children begin school too early. The age is 6 or 7 in some countries and yet at age 11 those children have more knowledge than ours. I studied in the Netherlands and met 11 year olds that spoke fluent English. They are the masters of languages in that country.