General Information on Studying in Singapore

Information on Schools

MOE’s School Information Service (SIS) provides detailed information of our mainstream schools and their academic and non-academic achievements. You can narrow your search based on a range of criteria. Do visit our SIS website to learn more about our schools.

School Term

You may refer to the Singapore School Terms and Holidays to plan your child’s school admission.

School Fees

For more information on the monthly school and miscellaneous fees, click here.

Mother Tongue Language Policy

Our Mother Tongue Language (MTL) policy requires all students who are Singaporeans or Singapore Permanent Resident to study their respective official Mother Tongue Languages (MTLs): Chinese, Malay and Tamil. A non-Tamil Indian may choose to take (a) Tamil, or (b) a non-Tamil Indian Language such as Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Punjabi or Urdu.

Students will take their respective MTLs at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) and the GCE ‘N’, ‘O’ and ‘A’ level examinations.

Nonetheless, students who have been away from Singapore’s school system for some years may not have kept up with the study of MTLs. You may apply for your child to study an MOE-approved MTL-in-lieu such as French, German, Japanese, Arabic, Burmese or Thai, or be exempted from offering MTL.

Applications for exemption should be made through the school after admissions and will be considered holistically on a case-by-case basis. MOE takes into consideration several factors, including the duration and location(s) of the student’s stay overseas, prior language learning, and the MTL curriculum demand when assessing whether exemption is in the best educational interest of the student.

More information on MTLs can be found here.

Resources 

Mother Tongue Languages Curriculum

To help children learn languages in a fun way, MOE has developed interactive media resources for the respective Mother Tongue languages.

Chinese Language - http://xuele.moe.edu.sg
Malay Language - http://tinta.moe.edu.sg
Tamil Language - http://sangamam.moe.edu.sg

There are also Parents’ Guide Books, available in both English and the respective Mother Tongue Languages, to support parents in playing an active role in their children’s learning.

Children with Special Educational Needs

For information on support for children with Special Educational Needs, click here