Private Education

With effect from 21 Dec 2009, Private Education Institutions (PEIs) that fall under the following categories are required to register with the Committee for Private Education (CPE) under the new Private Education Act. Please refer to the CPE website for more information.

  • PEIs offering education leading to the award of a diploma or degree, or full-time post-secondary education leading to the award of a certificate;

  • PEIs offering full-time preparatory courses for entrance / placement tests for joining Ministry of Education (MOE) mainstream schools, or for external examinations; and

  • Foreign System Schools (FSS) offering full-time primary or secondary education wholly or substantially in accordance with a foreign or international curriculum

  • Privately-funded special education schools


The state is the principal provider of education at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. In the case of non-formal education, the private sector plays the complementary role of running continuing/supplementary education classes in commercial/business studies, computers, languages, fine arts, tuition, etc.

Current regulations require private schools conducting educational courses such as those stated above to be registered with the Ministry of Education (MOE). General enquiries can be made with MOE Customer Service Centre (Tel: 6872-2220) located at Ground Floor, Podium Block, MOE Building.