Yes, primary education is free in Singapore. The Singaporean government provides free education for all citizens and permanent residents from primary school to junior college level.
This includes six years of primary education, four to five years of secondary education, and two to three years of pre-university education.
The Ministry of Education (MOE) is responsible for ensuring access to quality education for all Singaporean students, regardless of their socio-economic background. While primary education is free, there may be some miscellaneous fees or charges for certain activities or services within schools. However, these fees are generally kept affordable and financial assistance schemes are available for families who require additional support.
The cost is almost negligible as all Singaporean Citizens are entitled to free primary school education in Singapore. Parents will only need to pay a monthly miscellaneous fee (that goes to the school’s operating budget) of between $6.50-$13, depending on the school’s needs.