5 June 2006
Submission of Proposals for Privately-Funded Schools
1. The Ministry of Education (MOE) invites proposals to set up privately-funded schools. New privately-funded schools will provide new options and choice for Singapore students, while also providing foreign students with further avenues for study in Singapore.
Requirements for Setting Up Privately-Funded Schools
2. New privately-funded schools would add to the full range of opportunities available in the main stream school system, along with the two privately-funded schools which started in Jan 2005.
3. To ensure that all Singaporean students continue to learn and interact with one another in an environment that nurtures a Singaporean spirit and character, privately-funded schools will be required to adhere to MOE’s bilingual policy and incorporate National Education (NE) into their curriculum, as well as other national practices such as daily flag-raising and the singing of the national anthem. It is also envisaged that Singaporeans / Permanent Residents will comprise at least 50% of privately-funded school enrolment in order to provide a Singaporean environment.
4. More information for submission of proposals can be found on the MOE Private Schools Section website (http://www.moe.gov.sg/education/private-schools/)
5. The closing date for submission of proposals is 31 Jul 2006, 12:00 noon. All proposals should be submitted, together with the submission form (refer to website), to the following address:
Ministry of Education
1 North Buona Vista Drive
MOE Building, Tower Block Level 21
(Attn: Ms Chua Mei Ling)
6. Successful applicants will be notified by Sep 2006.
7. In Oct 2002, the Junior College/Upper Secondary Education Review Committee, chaired by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who was then Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry & Education, recommended greater diversity in the education landscape in the form of alternative curricula and qualifications, different mix of schools, and different programmes. Setting up a few privately-funded schools was one of the key recommendations of the committee. This was endorsed by Parliament in Nov 2002.
8. The first round of privately-funded school proposals submission was conducted in 2003. MOE has given approval to ACS (International) and Hwa Chong International School, both of which started in January 2005.