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Education System between Singapore and Hong Kong

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Kenneth Cheung

on 19 August 2013

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· most able secondary students in Singapore to bypass "O" levels and take "A" levels, IB directly at the age of 18 after six years of secondary education.
· students are given more time and flexibility to enjoy a more broadly based education
· the students enjoy more freedom in the combination of subjects
· SJI take in boys into IP Year 1 this year for the first time. They are expected to take the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma.

Education System between Singapore and Hong Kong
Learning environment
Examples to harsh punishments
First example
Comparison of Secondary education system in Singapore and Hong Kong
Main education system


1. Four-year courses (secondary 1-4)
Secondary 4 students take the GCE "O" Level examination.
students are streamed into a wide range of course combinations at the end of their second year.

Compulsory Subjects for a GCE O-Level candidate
· English Language
· Mother Tongue (Chinese, Tamil, Malay, Others)
· Mathematics
· Combined Humanities
· Science (Either 1 combined science or up to 3 pure sciences)
· One other subject (Art, Principles of Accounts, Design and Technology, Food and Nutrition, Additional Mathematics, etc.)
Candidates must take at least 6 subjects (at most 10) which must include the above core (English, Mother Tongue, Mathematics, Humanities, Science) subjects.
By Kenneth Cheung, Benton Chung, Jonathan Ma
We have had the priceless opportunity to gain first-hand experience of the education system by having lessons at the very best secondary institutes in Singapore.

Today, we would like to show you what we have learnt and express our feelings towards the students as well as the education system in the city so similar to ours.

Singapore is an adorable city with many wonders to explore. Throughout the week of learning and experiencing, we’ve discovered the beauty behind the strict, dominating government.
With that all said, a region’s success depends greatly on its education system. Because ultimately, the amount of effort put in will determine the kind of people the city wants to bring up.
Flexibility Between Courses for Secondary education
Singapore students treat their education very seriously as a degree is what could determine their fate for the rest of their life. A life in a prospective job or one working in a less fortunate environment?
Teaching environment
As in all schools, there are different kinds of teachers. Some who are more engaging in teaching, some who are rather passive and restricted.

In my stay, I’ve experienced both kinds and each would try their best in giving their most to students in their respective approaches.
This does not say much about Singapore's education. However, most of the teachers (especially in male schools) are deeply influenced by the government’s idea of army training after secondary education.
Teachers would not allow childish behavior in class and would give HARSH PUNISHMENTS to students who are not abiding to rules.
In Physical education,
a tennis ball was lost during game.
Teacher forced the whole class for pushups up to 30 minutes!
Resulted in reduced lesson time for next lesson.
A scenario similar to that day!
Second example
During English Class,
questions were failed to answer by students
Students sent out immediately/
push ups in the back of the class.
These 2 scenarios are highly uncommon, even unheard of in Hong Kong schools.
Teachers in Hong Kong are much ‘relaxed’ in handing out punishments.
Hence, you could assume that Hong Kong children are in a way more spoilt and less tough than those of Singapore.

The specific GEC ‘O’ Level subjects offered in SJI include:
Languages: English Language, Chinese/Malay/Tamil Language or Higher Chinese/Malay/Tamil Language
Mathematics: Mathematics, Additional Mathematics
Sciences: Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
Humanities: Combined Humanities (compulsory), English Literature, Geography, Higher Art, History
Others: Art, Music
Subject combinations:
8 Subject Combination: 2 Languages 1-2 Humanities 2 Mathematics 2-3 Sciences
7 Subject Combination: 2 Languages 1 Humanities 2 Mathematics 2 Sciences

Hong Kong
· 334 Scheme
· Students join the 334 Scheme from secondary 4 to secondary 6
· They will take the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) examination in secondary 6

· Subject choice
Core subjects
· Chinese Language, English Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies

For Mathematics, Module 1 (Calculus and Statistics) Module 2 (Algebra and Calculus)

· Chinese Literature, Literature in English, Chinese History, Economics,Geography, History, Tourism and Hospitality Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Combined Science, Integrated Science, Business Accounting and Financial Studies, Design and Applied Technology, Health Management and Social Care, Technology and Living, Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
· compulsory at secondary levels, all pupils must participate in at least one core activity
· categorized as Uniformed Groups, Performing Arts, Clubs & Societies and Sports & Games Competitions
· SJI Core CCA
Students are encouraged to specialise in one area of involvement
Sports & Games: Athletics, Badminton, Canoeing, Fencing, Football, Gymnastics, Hockey Judo, Rugby, Sailing, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis
Uniformed Groups: National Cadet Corps (Air), National Cadet Corps (Land), National Police Cadet Corps, St Joseph’s Pelandok Scouts, St John Ambulance Brigade
Aesthetices/Performing Arts: Chinese Cultural Society, Design Club, Indian Cultural Society, Malay Cultural Society, Drama Club, Guitar Ensemble, SJI Vocal Ensemble, SJI Military BandSJI Pipe Band
Clubs & Societies: Computer Clubs: - Robotics, - Micromouse, - Infocomm Club (Mediamorphosis), Green Club
Lasallian Catholic Youth Societies (Service Groups): Legion of Mary, Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP), Young Christian Students (YCS)
During our brief 7 days stay in Singapore, we have learnt much and experienced a lot of things. This knowledge is not only memorable, but also extremely valuable. Singapore is a quick, uprising city and should not be underestimated.
By going through its education system in 2 top secondary schools, we have acquired the experience that is most certainly not learnt in books or the Internet. Our stay would most likely be beneficial to our future lives and we treasure this precious chance given to us by our school and teachers.
Thank You.
In SJI...
2. Integrated Programme
· Aim: Provide broad and balanced curriculum and nurturing whole-person development
· Schools have to offer students a range of OLE opportunities
· The five areas of OLE: Moral and Civic Education, Community Service, Career-related Experiences, Aesthetic Development and Physical Development.
· Time allocation of OLE: 10 to 15% of the total lesson time
For example
IN Hong Kong
Co-curricular activity (CCA)
Other Learning Experiences (OLE)
For Hong Kong...
For Singapore...
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