First Day of School in Singapore. The school year for all Singapore primary and secondary schools starts from early January and end in November. This includes 40 weeks of curriculum time for teaching and learning before the start of the national examinations. Six weeks of school vacation is there at end of the year for teachers and students.

Unlike in other countries which start their school year in June or September, the education system in Singapore starts in the first month of the year and ends in November. The schools have 2 semesters with 2 terms in each semester. The first semester is from January to May and the second is from June to November. Have a look at the Google Doodle page. 


First Day of School in Singapore

Education – First Day of School in Singapore:

First Day of School in Singapore. – Education in Singapore is one of the finest in the World. Their main aim in Education for Children is to make them ready for the Workforce. Ministry of Education –  “The Ministry of education aims to help our students to discover their own talents, to make the best of these talents and realize their full potential, and to develop a passion for learning that lasts long through life.”  Singapore’s primary school and secondary education curriculum have been used as models internationally.

The system of education in Singapore is based on the British one which means it puts a lot of emphasis on testing. Schools in the country are in accordance with students’ performance on standardized tests. It is worth to mention that Singaporean government places a strong emphasis on such subjects as science and maths. That is probably why Singaporean students usually excel in such international tests as PISA.

Education is in English or a mother tongue which depends on the Institution.  All the students must study English and a mother tongue language. Education First, an international education company which provides the world’s largest ranking of English skills, and eventually classifies Singapore as a ‘high proficiency’ country, and among the most proficient in Asia.

Parents Role in Education:

First Day of School in Singapore.  According to the Statistics of 2001, Parents in Singapore are so serious about the education of their children.  Singaporean parents spent about $1 million a day on extra tuition. That is why it is quite common to see long lines of parents overnight outside popular tuition centers. They will be waiting to enroll their children when the centers open. The struggle for achievement in the schools, which includes tutoring by parents or enrollment of young children. Especially they need special private supplementary schools to prepare for crucial examinations. See also: The official site of Ministry of Education of Singapore. 

Education Pressure in Singapore:

The suicide of a 10-year-old girl in 2001 shook up the world. She went to this extreme step as her grade in Chinese was very low. A few months earlier a 12-year-old girl lept to her death after her father found that she had doctored her grades. Seah Chiang Nee wrote in The Star, The Singapore education system produces “enormous pressure on the children. More and more pupils, as young as kindergarten and primary classes, are seeking help from psychiatrists for study or exam blues.

On Mondays, this “school refusal” illness appears for more and more pupils in the form of a tummy ache, headache, nausea, fever or dizziness, according to a research conducted by a government hospital. It is not a physical sickness. The children are so desperate to avoid a school that the symptoms of these ailments appear at the start of the week. Poor Kids! But there are kids who win among them.

Yet the same stressing education system has made toppers. The OECD’s PISA results reveal what is possible in education by showing what students in the highest-performing and most rapidly improving education systems can do. The findings allow policymakers around the world to measure the knowledge and skills of students in their own countries in comparison with those in other countries.

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”  Aristotle. We need to program our kids’ mind. Make them understand what is life and what is the demand of life from us. But turn them towards all beautiful things in the world. Meanwhile inculcating the super needs of this modern, dramatic competitive world. Education should be morals- oriented and never be economy oriented. First, let us save what we have and then we shall create!

Happy Schooling my dears!




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