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     FrontPage Edition: Thu 7 September 2006

SJI (International) to be Singapore's 3rd privately funded school


Approval given for the setting up of 3rd Privately-Funded School

The Ministry of Education (MOE) has reviewed the proposals received for setting up privately-funded schools.
Approval has been given to SJI (International), submitted jointly by the De La Salle Brothers Singapore, SJI Board of Governors and SJI Old Boys* Association.
The proposals for setting up privately-funded schools were evaluated based on the quality of the programmes, the credibility of the operators and whether they would be a valuable addition to the education landscape.
The proposal submitted jointly by De La Salle Brothers Singapore, SJI Board of Governors and SJI Old Boys* Association was approved based on the strength of the management team, the coherence of their curriculum offerings and the quality of education they can potentially offer to their students.
In Oct 2002, the Junior College/Upper Secondary Education Review Committee, chaired by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, who was then Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry & Education, recommended greater diversity in the education landscape in the form of alternative curricula and qualifications, different mix of schools, and different programmes.
Setting up a few privately-funded schools was one of the key recommendations of the committee. This was endorsed by Parliament in Nov 2002.
The first round of privately-funded school proposals submission was conducted in 2003. Approval was given to ACS (International) and Hwa Chong International School, both of which started in January 2005.
On 5 June 06, MOE invited a second round of proposals for privately funded schools. MOE received nine proposals by the close of submission on 31 July 06. They were submitted by:

a. Alpha-O Consultants 每 Marshall International School

b. De La Salle Brothers Singapore, SJI Board of Governors and SJI Old Boys* Association 每 SJI (International)

c. Dulwich College Management 每 Dulwich College Singapore

d. EtonHouse International Holdings Pte Ltd 每 EtonHouse International High School

e. International Academy of Singapore (Pte) Ltd 每 International Academy of Singapore

f. McRing Education Consultancy 每 McRing International School

g. Orient Education Centre 每 Hua Xin Secondary School

h. Ren Ci Education Foundation 每 Ren Ci International High School

i. The Stansfield Group Pte Ltd 每 SSB Institution


6 September 2006

Source: Press Release 6 Sep 2006

- Singapore Privately Funded Schools

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