Education in Singapore

This brochure by the Ministry of Education provides an overview of the Singapore education landscape and explains the programs and curricula available to cater to the students’ diverse aptitudes and interests


The Masterplans for ICT in Education drive the use of ICT in education. The underlying philosophy of the Masterplans is that education should continually anticipate the needs of the future and prepare pupils to meet those needs.

The first Masterplan for ICT in Education (1997 — 2002) laid a strong foundation for schools to harness ICT, particularly in the provision of basic ICT infrastructure and in equipping teachers with a basic level of ICT integration competency, which achieved a widespread acceptance for its use in education.

The second Masterplan for ICT in Education (2003 — 2008) built on this foundation to strive for an effective and pervasive use of ICT in education by, for example, strengthening the integration of ICT into the curriculum, establishing baseline ICT standards for students, and seeding innovative use of ICT among schools.

The Ministry of Education has developed the third Masterplan for ICT in Education (2009-2014). The third masterplan represents a continuum of the vision of the first and second Masterplans i.e. to enrich and transform the learning environments of our students and equip them with the critical competencies and dispositions to succeed in a knowledge economy.

The broad strategies of the third Masterplan for ICT in Education are:

  • To strengthen integration of ICT into curriculum, pedagogy and assessment to enhance learning and develop competencies for the 21st century;
  • To provide differentiated professional development that is more practice-based and models how ICT can be effectively used to help students learn better;
  • To improve the sharing of best practices and successful innovations; and
  • To enhance ICT provisions in schools to support the implementation of mp3.

Consult the Ministry of Education website for information on the Masterplans.

Center on International Education Benchmarking

Describes at length the success of Singapore in going from an impoverished island with no natural resources and a population a majority of who were illiterate to a country of 4.7 million people with living standards that match those of the most highly developed industrial nations.

Includes sections on Teacher and Principal Quality | Instructional Systems
System and School Organization | Education For All | School-to-Work Transition

National Institute of Education. (2012). “PISA: Lessons For and From Singapore,” CJ Koh Professorial Lecture Series No. 2. (PDF)

OECD. (2011). “Rapid Improvement Followed by Strong Performance,” in Strong Performers and Successful Reformers in Education: Lessons from PISA for the United States. (PDF)

The Aspen Institute. (2008). Rethinking Human Capital in Education: Singapore as a Model for Human Development. (PDF)


Hogan, David,” Why is Singapore’s school system so successful, and is it a model for the West? ,” The Conversation ( 2/11/14)

Rubin, C.M, “The Global Search for Education: Got Tech? – Singapore”, HUFF Impact , 1/23/14

Tan, Jason and S. Gopinathan. (2000). “Education Reform in Singapore: Towards Greater Creativity and Innovation?,” NIRA Review 5. (PDF)

“Robotics & Maker Academy collaboration between the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) of Singapore and Singapore Polytechnic (SP) will be rolled out to 30 schools over three years “

December 5, 2014


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