Thanks, Ann, for putting a page together about homeschooling in Singapore. As far as the compulsory education laws are concerned, they do not affect the expats, but for the Singaporean, yes, the parents will need to start to register their children as homeschooled starting this year, and then only if the child is starting to be P1 this year. I don’t think it will be difficult. The law states that the children will then be required to take the PSLE exam around the P6 level. Parents will need to show proof that the core subjects are being taught even though the government has yet to decide what the core subjects are. I’m sure that all our homeschool families are teaching the basic courses and will have met the core subject requirement.
At present we have about 50 families in our group with a good half being locals. Homeschooling is a very new concept here, but they are learning that the raising of their children is the parents responsibility.
Singapore Homeschool Group
A non-profit group of homeschooling families from Singapore and many other countries. Our purpose is to provide support and resources for homeschooling families. Facebook Group.
Books to Help You Learn More About Singapore
The Singapore Kid
by Jessica Alejandro
11-year-old Inn Kiat is a typical boy growing up in affluent Singapore. Like most kids, he is too witty for his age and has a short attention span. In just one month, his life becomes a roller coaster ride of fun, quirks, intrigue, suspense, sadness and ultimate strangeness!
Pressure from school, tuition and demanding parents causes him to harbour many secrets. Some secrets help him pursue his dreams while others, he learns, are best not to keep.
A History of East Asia: From the Origins of Civilization to the Twenty-First Century
by Charles Holcombe
Charles Holcombe begins his extraordinarily ambitious book by asking the question “What is East Asia?” In the modern age, many of the features that made the region – now defined as including China, Japan, and Korea – distinct have been submerged by the effects of revolution, politics, or globalization. Yet, as an ancient civilization, the region had both an historical and cultural coherence. It shared, for example, a Confucian heritage, some common approaches to Buddhism, a writing system that is deeply imbued with ideas and meaning, and many political and institutional traditions. This shared past and the interconnections among three distinct, yet related societies are at the heart of this book, which traces the story of East Asia from the dawn of history to the early twenty-first century. Charles Holcombe is an experienced and sure-footed guide who encapsulates, in a fast-moving and colorful narrative, the vicissitudes and glories of one of the greatest civilizations on earth.
The ONG family Homeschool
Homeschooling in Singapore! ….getting off the “Singapore School System” beaten track. This is a record of our triumphs and tribulations… a couple of gripes along the way… but a whole load of thanksgiving!
Teaching Our Own
The Domus Academy isn’t about a place of learning, a place in the home. It is about a lifestyle of learning, centered around the home and more importantly around the people in that home – Daddy our fearless leader and principal, Mummy our teacher and mentor, Alethea our prefect and guardian, Timothy our spokesperson, and Nathalie our class clown. And in May 09, God-willing, we will add another student to the Academy! The family now lives in Montreal, CA.
Applying for Exemption from Compulsory Education
As Primary Education in Singapore is compulsory, Singaporean homeschoolers intending to homeschool their children through primary school need to apply for exemption from compulsory education. This should be done the year before the child is due to enter Primary 1.
Compulsory Education Exemptions
Where the parents are able to satisfy MOE that the two key objectives of CE can be achieved for their children. Parents will have to apply to MOE for a certificate confirming that the child has been exempted from CE.
Go to school or pay a fine of $5000
She seems to feel strongly that these kids are bright, witty and such fast-learners that what they need to go through life would come easily to them. Do we really want to let the another party to decide if we or our children would like to attend school?
Homeschooling in Singapore
According to the Compulsory Education Act, a child of ‘compulsory school age’ is one who is above the age of 6 years and who has not yet attained the age of 15 years. A child of compulsory school age born after 1st January 1996, and who is citizen of Singapore residing in Singapore, has to attend a national primary school as a pupil regularly, unless he/she has been exempted from CE, e.g. a child with special needs, a child attending a designated school, a child receiving home-schooling.
Discover Christian Homeschooling in Singapore
This group is here to Help families who are interested in getting started with Christian Homeschooling with an emphasis on the Christian aspect of things and on Biblical Parenting.
Educating The Whole-Hearted Child Homeschool Singapore Sharing
Chapter by chapter sharing, practical tips and text-based discussions all welcome! Please write a short description of yourself, your intention to/involvement with homeschooling and if you’ve started/completed reading Educating the Whole-Hearted Child.
A network of home educators on Facebook who are, certain that they will homeschool, currently homeschooling their children, and seasoned homeschoolers who are mentors to others in Singapore.
Singapore Home School Support
Got a question about homeschooling in Singapore? Like and send messages on this Facebook page.
The Home Library
Singaporean family now expatriates in Montreal, Canada.
Travel, halal eats and shopping in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. SEctions for kids books and crafts, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore for kids.
Affiliated with the European Academy for Christian Homeschooling – TEACH’s purpose is to assist parents with the Biblical and God-given task of bringing up their own children in the fear and admonition of the Lord and fully preparing them for the purpose He has for their lives.