Education Ordinance, 1957

The Education Ordinance, which applied to all schools in Singapore, was enacted on 13 December 1957. The ordinance (replaced by the Education Act in 1965) made provisions for the registration of schools, managers and teachers, as well as for the roles and responsibilities of school management committees. These measures signalled a move towards a highly centralised system of education in Singapore. The main aim of the ordinance was to ensure that no individuals or groups associated with any school would act in any way that would be detrimental to ...

Straits Chinese British Association

The Straits Chinese British Association (SCBA) was one of the many early Straits Chinese (Peranakan) clubs. It was founded on 17 August 1900 by Peranakans Tan Jiak Kim, Seah Liang Seah, Lim Boon Keng and Song Ong Siang, with the aim ...

Kynnersley Report, 1902

In 1902, the Legislative Council appointed a commission to study and report on the system of English education in the Straits Settlements, especially pertaining to secondary and technical education. The resultant Report of the Commission ...

Merger with Malaysia

On 16 September 1963, Singapore merged with the Federation of Malaya, Sarawak and North Borneo (present-day Sabah) to form the Federation of Malaysia. Since its exclusion from the Malayan Union in 1946, seeking a union with Malaya ...

Japan–Singapore Economic Arrangement for a New Age Partnership

The Japan–Singapore Economic Arrangement for a New Age Partnership is Singapore’s first free-trade agreement (FTA) with a major trading partner and Japan’s first-ever FTA. It came into effect on 30 November 2002, and the next review ...

New Education System

In August 1978, then Deputy Prime Minister Goh Keng Swee was tasked to lead a study team to identify problems in Singapore’s education system and propose solutions. The government had felt that a thorough review was crucial to align ...

State Development Plan, 1961–1964

The State Development Plan, also referred to as the First Development Plan, was the first official blueprint for the economic development of Singapore after it attained self-government in 1959. Produced by the Ministry of Finance, ...

Madrasah education in Singapore

The word madrasah is Arabic for “school”. In Singapore, a madrasah refers to an Islamic religious school. Local madrasahs offer a dual-education system that combines ...

Woolley Report on the state of education, 1870

On 29 December 1869, then Governor Harry Ord appointed a select committee chaired by Colonel R. Woolley to look into the state of education in the Straits Settlements, which comprised Singapore, Melaka and Penang. The resultant “Report ...

Sri Temasek

Sri Temasek is a 19th-century bungalow designated as the prime minister’s official residence. It was formerly the residence of the colonial secretary. While the house has been unoccupied since 1959, it was used regularly for meetings ...

Tan Teck Soon

Tan Teck Soon (b. 1859, Singapore–d. 25 November 1922, Singapore) was a Chinese scholar and writer active in Singapore at the turn of the 20th century. He was a founding member of the influential gentlemen’s debating club known as ...