The Ministry of Education i.e. MOE registers and enlists the private institutions and schools, the courses offered by these private schools and the teachers operating the registered course. A private school needs to meet the most basic statutory necessities like the institutions building and fire protection necessities and a set of qualified teachers along with a standard curriculum to be registered under MOE. Since a private institution is owned by a private individual or a group, it is their responsibility to look after the administration and management of their schools and the courses offered in it.|
A student who is about to enrol in a private school are suggested to do research about the private institution, the quality of programmes offered and the experience and background of the organization that looks after the courses before he/she makes the final decision since a private institution registered with MOE does not in any which way represent an recognition and endorsement of the standard of the offered courses.
In Singapore, there are various kinds of private schools that offer a broad range of diverse programmes that makes the nationís educational landscape diverse. There are around 300 private IT, commercial, languages and fine arts schools in the country. These institutions jointly known as PEIs or Private Education Institutions present courses that are strongly demanded by the local and the global students.
The courses offered by these PEIs are at certificate level, diploma, graduate and postgraduate level. Many of these institutions have partnerships with recognised international universities of Australia, UK and the US and give a chance to students to achieve international certification in an affordable and safe setting. Every PEI organises its own entrance and admission processes so the keen students should make an attempt to enquire their queries directly from the concerned institution.
There are a few suggested guidelines or aspects to be considered by the students while choosing a private institution which are listed below:-
The Council for Private Education or the CPE which is under the purview of Ministry of Education i.e. MOE Singapore takes care of the issues related to the private education of the in the country. This council has been set up to protect studentsí interests and well-being by maintaining high quality regulatory criterions and safe business methods.
- The courses that the institute offers should be given utmost importance.
- The registration of the certification acquired by the institute.
- The facilities provided by the institution for example the architecture, the classrooms, computer labs etc.
- The services offered by the PEI for International students like Visa facilitation, student advising and orientation etc.
As per the guidelines by the CPE, all the PEIs that propose to enrol international students in their institutes must have an EduTrust certification. This scheme is voluntary but a prerequisite for institutes enrolling international student to qualify for student passes as specified by the ICA.
The EduTrust scheme instruments a way to better PEIs to differentiate themselves from other institutes as having accomplished greater standards in crucial areas of supervision and delivery of educational facilities. Depending on the assessments on important areas, PEIs might qualify for either EduTrust Star, EduTrust or EduTrust Provisional certification honours.
Presently there are two private institutions in the country that provide post-secondary education in Arts namely NAFA i.e. Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and LASALLE College of Arts. These institutes are privately owned and managed entities and are non-profit private educational establishments that are autonomous and operate with financial backing in the form of polytechnic level support for the diploma programmes offered from the MOE Singapore. Additionally these institutions offer externally accredited programmes that are not funded by the government of Singapore.
Some of the top private institutions in Singapore are listed below:
- United World College of South East Asia: Here students are provided with full encouragement to take part in extra curricular activities that are considered to be an integral part of the education system here. It is located at 1207 Dover Road, Singapore 139654.
- E R International School (ERIS): Located at 201 Ulu Pandan Road the school features a capacity of 1,500 students. It mainly caters to the international students in Singapore. The modern technique of education is taken to be the main feature of the school.
- Insworld School: It is a popular British academic school in Singapore and the educational system provided by the school resembles the best practices followed in the UK.
- Zee School: It is a preschool center for children falling within the age group of 18 months to 6 years.
- Anglo-Chinese Junior College is a major part of the Anglo-Chinese School family. Established in 1977 the college is located at 25 Dover Close East. It offers the students a standard pre-university program for two years.
- The curriculum of Singapore Management University (SMU) is modeled after Wharton School, a part of the University of Pennsylvania. The university was established on 12th January 2000 and is ranked as the third university of Singapore. The outstanding faculty has been carefully appointed to enhance the educational structure of the university.