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Old Sep 11th 2017, 2:21 pm   #1
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Default ...another schooling question

I understand the Tanglin, Dulwich, Dover Schools all provide the G(C)SE exams and English is the predominant language - but that comes at a cost (at least S$25k per child per year) and with 2 kids that takes a hit on your expenses if it doesn't come as part of your package...

So, what are 'normal' Singapore schools like for UK / English speaking expats? Do any of you have experience of this?

Looking forward to some interesting points as I am trying to piece together potential expenses / lifestyle choices. This all has a factor on whether to bring the family out with me (if I get offered the job) or do I leave the kids at home until places become available at our (expat) school of choice. But, who knows we could save at least S$50k a year and the kids can go to a 'state' school for the long-term anyway.

(Please don't respond with details of what should or shouldn't be in my package - I think I can sort that out, thanks ;-) )
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Old Sep 18th 2017, 4:03 am   #2
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Default Re: ...another schooling question

Local schools range from meh to very good, the very good ones are very selective though.

However, getting into a state school is very difficult. Priority goes to citizens, then PR, then the rest. So places for 'the rest' will be likely be in less popular schools/ areas. Note that the test is no walk in the park either, especially on the maths. Success rates (for non PR to get their kids into local schools) are around 10-30%.
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Thanks Sayang...wow, tough criteria. Still, it's good that SG doesn't lower it's standards .

We'll be at the end of the line anyway looking at the criteria...better start saving!
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