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Old Oct 8th 2017, 7:37 am   #1
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Default How difficult is it to have an expat child placed in a local school

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Looking to move to Singapore in the near future, but a deal breaker may be schooling. Expat packages are in the decline world wide now so I may not be able to have schooling included. If this was to happen does anyone have any experience on trying to get their children into the local government schools, or government subsidised schools?


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Old Oct 9th 2017, 7:11 am   #2
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Priority goes to citizens, then PR, then others. There is a test required, the maths portion of which is reasonably tough

https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/in...ional-students

Surveys show that about 1 in 3 get a place
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Priority goes to citizens, then PR, then others. There is a test required, the maths portion of which is reasonably tough

https://www.moe.gov.sg/admissions/in...ional-students

Surveys show that about 1 in 3 get a place
Do you have any idea what happens to the 2 in3 that don't get a school place, or do they just get no education
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Their parents cough up the fees to go to international schools, or get sent back home (live with grandparents/ relatives). One of my Malaysian colleagues for example has her kids at school in Ipoh, and commutes back there at the weekends. Another Australian colleague has his wife & daughters down in Oz, but that was more because their specific interests (horses & drama) couldn't be fulfilled in SG. Not ideal, but with skype/ facetime do-able.

Homeschooling is an option too I guess.
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Their parents cough up the fees to go to international schools, or get sent back home (live with grandparents/ relatives). One of my Malaysian colleagues for example has her kids at school in Ipoh, and commutes back there at the weekends. Another Australian colleague has his wife & daughters down in Oz, but that was more because their specific interests (horses & drama) couldn't be fulfilled in SG. Not ideal, but with skype/ facetime do-able.

Homeschooling is an option too I guess.
Thanks for the update.


I take it that the state assisted private schools have to take locals first and then by PR status and everyone has to fight for the spaces that are left?
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There are no state assisted private schools - unless you mean thing like Lycee Francais that get some funding from parent government?

There are either government funded schools which act as you say (locals, then PR, then anyone else) or private (mostly international) schools.

There are a few private schools that are associated to prestigious Singapore govt schools, and follow local curriculum, so that foreigners that want SG education for their kids can have access - but they are not subsidised. Probably a bit cheaper than international schools though

e.g. Fees | ACS International Singapore - 17,000 quid a year or so.
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