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Bicentennial Tour: 200 Years of Education - Sat 27 April

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Price $75 / ticket
200 years of Education in Singapore—Madrassas & Convent Schools to World's Top Math Scores

Singapore’s multi-faceted history reaches back over 700 years. The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles on behalf of the British East India Company (EIC) in 1819 marked a turning point that set the island on a new trajectory, and launched it onto the global stage. 

Singapore's Bicentennial is a smart time to ponder the purpose of education. Should everyone go through the same educational system? Who should be responsible for designing and funding an educational system? These questions have shaped the course of education in Singapore for the past 200 years, and are still relevant to us today.

Join us on an eye-opening journey through the various educational pathways taken by students on this island. As you walk under traditional Chinese roofs, gaze up at classical clock towers, and enter into classrooms that date from the early 1900s, learn what students would have experienced during the various decades. Flip through old and modern school books to get a sense of what the teachers deemed important in different eras —and try to answer exam questions meant for 8-year-olds!

Along the way, gain insights into why Singaporean students have consistently topped international benchmarking tests, such as PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) and TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study).

As we end our tour at a modern school, we'll look into the options in educational experiences available to today's student, and hear about the exciting future developments in store for the student of tomorrow.