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Published on: 01 Mar 2017 by jennifertay
Among the many first world Asian countries that offer high-class education, there is one that seems to be consistent when it comes to producing highly competent young minds: Singapore. Their educational system is modeled after Britain's, and because the main qualification in order to get into a school is Cambridge University's General Common Entrance Ordinary and Advanced examinations, this should come off as no surprise. The educational system puts a lot of emphasis on testing, including repetitive drills, textbooks, and worksheets. ?
In a country where natural resources are scarce, Singapore heavily relies on its citizenry to continue thriving. Thus, meritocracy is the norm, and achieving competence internationally has been the goal of the students, the teachers, and the parents. Perhaps this also has something to do with the fact that a classroom philosophy is "talking is teaching, and learning is listening". To show how important education is to their citizens, Singapore’s Compulsory Education Act requires preschoolers to receive their education at a Ministry of Education or MOE-approved school.
The teachers have academic freedom on how they will nourish their students’ knowledge with the curriculum guiding them. This is better than other teaching techniques because the instructors know how to handle the differences among students. Skills which will be critical for the children’s development and future interaction can be tackled differently according to their imagination. They are expected to refine their practice, based on iTeach which stands for: an integrated approach for learning, Teachers as facilitators for learning, engaging children through purposeful play, authentic learning through quality interactions, children as constructors of knowledge, and holistic development.
Students of all levels are honed due to the educational system, and even the pre-school are not exempted from this. Children are being prepared for primary school so by the end of pre-school, they are expected to be able to count from one to ten, as well as be able to ask and respond effectively. Though there are differences between individuals, some being fast learners from others, they may progress at different paces but still, must meet the standard required. Development is not just in the intellectual sense, but also in the social setting as well. This is why having preschool in Singapore a good cause.