Over $176,000 per place: Firms buy spots at top international schools here for expat kids

A confirmed place at Tanglin Trust School costs $176,550 while it costs $90,950 to bump up a nominee on a waiting list.
A confirmed place at Tanglin Trust School costs $176,550 while it costs $90,950 to bump up a nominee on a waiting list.PHOTO: ST FILE
United World College of South-east Asia assesses the children's school readiness or academic ability before companies buy the subscription. The funds have gone towards scholarships, building and infrastructure and professional development for teacher
United World College of South-east Asia assesses the children's school readiness or academic ability before companies buy the subscription. The funds have gone towards scholarships, building and infrastructure and professional development for teachers.SHIN MIN DAILY FILE PHOTO

Three international schools offer such schemes for companies looking to attract expats to work here

Three popular international schools in Singapore allow expatriate families to secure places for their children, largely paid for by companies looking to attract the expatriates to work here.

Tanglin Trust School's Placement Rights Scheme offers places in the school in Portsdown Road or a fast track to near the top of its waiting list, as part of an agreement with families or companies that the parents work for.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 26, 2019, with the headline 'Firms can pay for expat kids to get spot in school'. Print Edition | Subscribe