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The Education System in Singapore In 1959 after Singapores first Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew brought Singapore to independence he realized that for the country to prosper level of education had to be increased therefore the government improved the education system of Singapore The new system required at least 12 years of education 6 years of primary school 4 years of secondary school and two years of high school This system increased the level of education among Singaporeans Followed by the increased in the level of education the country experienced prosperity and trade expansion Unfortunately this resulted in a more intensive education system which is unhealthy for the student Singapores unhealthy education system does not only refer to the normal physical stress it also refers to the mental pressure that one has to withstand as a citizen student and a child The unnatural amount of pressure from the society and parents creates negative impacts on students and hence influences the country as a whole The intensive education system is comprised of 10 to as many as 45 hours per week for an average student In addition to that the student must attend curriculum classes for 8 to 12 hours per week eg piano computer drawing private and school tuition etc for extra skill To make things worse these kind of extra curriculums begin at a younger and younger age eg 3 4 years old for children in Singapore Compared with countries like Australia United States England etc the leisure time for a child in Singapore is definitely lesser than a child in these countries which greatly affects the normal growth cycle for the child The fact that Singapore is a small and densely populated population vs land available country is one of the main causes of the intensive education Singapore has about 6475 square kilometers slightly more than 35 times the size of Washington DC Singapore Geography 2000 with almost 4 million Singapore People 2000
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