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Singapore should aim to be No. 1 in pre-school education

Having topped global rankings for secondary education, Singapore should aim high for pre-school. Investment in this area reaps dividends for the nation.

Singapore has a top-notch school system as evidenced by its impressive showings in international education benchmarking tests.

The Republic's 15-year-olds were ranked No. 1 for mathematics, science and reading in the last Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) study, done by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2015. In the preceding one in 2012, Singapore students were ranked second in mathematics and third in science and reading.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore should aim to be No. 1 in pre-school education'. Subscribe