This article pre-school education of children with disabilities additional citations for verification. Education spending usually makes up about 20 percent of the annual national budget, which subsidises state education and government-assisted private education for Singaporean citizens and funds the Edusave programme.
Non-citizens bear significantly higher costs of educating their children in Singapore government and government-aided schools. The main language of instruction in Singapore is English, which was officially designated the first language within the local education system in 1987. English is the first language learned by half the children by the time they reach preschool age and becomes the primary medium of instruction by the time they reach primary school. Singapore’s education system has been described as “world-leading” and in 2010 was among those picked out for commendation by the Conservative former UK Education Secretary Michael Gove.
1823, thereby starting education in Singapore under the British rule. During World War Two, many students in Singapore dropped out of school, causing a huge backlog of students after the war. In 1947, the Ten Years Programme for Education Policy in the Colony of Singapore was formulated. In the 1980s, Singapore’s economy started to prosper, and the focus of Singapore’s education system shifted from quantity to quality. In 1997, the Singapore education system started to change into an ability-driven one after then Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong outlined his “Thinking Schools, Learning Nations” vision. The school year is divided into two semesters.
Kindergartens in Singapore provide up to three years of pre-school for children ages three to six. Kindergartens provide an environment for children to learn how to interact with others, and to prepare them for formal education at Primary school. The kindergartens are run by the private sector, including community foundations, religious bodies, and civic or business groups. There are more than 200 kindergartens registered with the Ministry of Education. The People’s Action Party, which has governed Singapore since 1957, runs over 370 kindergartens through its charitable arm, the PAP Community Foundation. Primary education is compulsory under the Compulsory Education Act since 2003.