Dear A.S.S. Editor

Singapore wants to claim itself as being an education hub. But news reports have indicated that more private schools have shut down last year. In fact, the numbers mentioned indicated that the total number of private schools left operating in Singapore is 293, the first time it has gone down below 300 since 2012.

Among the private schools closed are big names such as Nanyang Education Institute and M2 Academy, which opened with a bang in Orchard Road just three years ago. Even more are expected to exit the scene this year, as the authorities prepare to enforce new and stricter rules.

While stricter rules are good in order to weed out the private schools which does not perform to expectations, Singapore cannot then lay claim to being an education hub just yet. But the good news out of this is, with so many private schools closing, plans to enroll more foreign students have been shelved. But hopefully, the closures will not affect the local students.

Diana A

A.S.S. Contributor

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