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Tuition Rate Compilation: How Much Will It Cost You, To Send Your Children For Tuition?

Factors affecting Tuition rate in Singapore

There are a few factors affecting the tuition rate in Singapore.

Qualification of tutor

What is the education level of the tutor? Tutors that are MOE Trainee or MOE Certified teachers tend to draw a higher rate.

Home tuition or tuition centre

Cost of home tuition is usually higher due to the more undivided attention given to the student.


TL;DR – Tuition rate in Singapore

Tutor's QualificationLower PrimaryUpper PrimarySecondaryITEJunior College/ Diploma
A Level/ DiplomaS$15 - S$25/hourS$15 - S$30/hourS$25 - S$35/hourS$20 - S$40/hourS$35 - S$40/hour
UndergraduateS$20 - S$30/hourS$25 - S$35/hourS$35 - S$50/hourS$25 - S$45/hourS$40 - S$50/hour
Degree Graduate
or
Full-time Tutor
S$25 - S$40/hourS$30 - S$50/hourS$45 - S$55/hourS$30 - S$60/hourS$55 - S$60/hour
Current Teacher
or
Ex-Teacher
S$45 - S$50/hourS$50 - S$60/hourS$60 - S$80/hourS$50 - S$90/hourS$120 - S$150/hour

tuition cost Singapore

 


The education journey of a typical Singaporean

A typical Singaporean goes through 3 major phase in the education system before hitting the workforce.

An average Singaporean spends 6 years in Primary School and 4-5 years in Secondary School before moving on for their post-secondary education.

source: moe.gov.sg


What is the total cost of tuition in Singapore (Primary School)?

Subjects taken in Primary school

English Language, Mother Tongue Language and Mathematics are taught since Primary 1 and 2. The subject science is then introduced in Primary 3.

Here’s the number of subjects if one were to have tuition for all his subject in primary school:

Education LevelNumber of subjectsSubjects
Primary 13English Language, Mother Tongue Language, Mathematics
Primary 23
Primary 34English Language, Mother Tongue Language, Mathematics, Science
Primary 44
Primary 54
Primary 64

Cost of tuition in Singapore (Primary School)

Assuming a student receives

  • 2 hours of tuition for every subject every week
  • This adds up to 8 hours of tuition per month for each subject.
  • In a year, a total of 96 hours of tuition per subject.

*We understand there are holidays, but we factor in possibly extra lessons coming up to exam periods too!

With this, here are the expenses should a primary school student receive tuition for every subject:

Education LevelNumber of subjectsRates per subjectExpenses per subject
(96 hours)
Total Expenses
Primary 13S$15 - S$50/hourS$1,440 - S$4,880/yearS$4,320 - S$14,640
Primary 2
Primary 34S$5,760 - S$19,520
Primary 4S$15 - S$60/hourS$1,440 - S$5,760/yearS$5,760 - S$23,040
Primary 5
Primary 6

Hence, the total expense for tuition for primary school subjects ranges from S$31,680 to S$117,560 over 6 years.


What is the total cost of tuition in Singapore (Secondary School)?

Subjects taken in Secondary school

source: moe.gov.sg

Depending on the course one takes in secondary school, the subjects and time of education vary according.

Education LevelNumber of subjectsSubjects
Secondary 15 - 7
(Depending on school and course path)
English, Mother Tongue, Science, Mathematics. Principle of Accounting (POA), Geography, History, Literature
Secondary 2
Secondary 35 - 9
(Depending on school and course path)
English, Mother Tongue, Elementary Mathematics, Additional Mathematics, Pure Physics, Pure Chemistry, Pure Biology, Combine Physic/Chemistry, Combine Chemistry/Biology , Combine Physic/Biology, Principle of Accounting (POA), Econnomics, Geography, History, Literature in English, Malay Literature, Tamil Literature
Secondary 4
Secondary 5

Normal (Technical)

In the Normal (Technical) course:

  • Students will take 5 to 7 subjects at the GCE N-Level Examination
  • Compulsory subjects: English Language, Basic Mother Tongue Language, Mathematics, Science and Humanities

Normal (Academic)

In the Normal (Academic) course:

  • Students will take 5 to 8 subjects at the GCE N-Level Examination
  • Compulsory subjects: English Language, Basic Mother Tongue Language, Mathematics and Computer Applications
  • Option to take GCE N(A)-Level and/or GCE O-Level at Secondary 4, and GCE O-Level at Secondary 5.

Express/ Special

In Express/ Special course:

  • Students will take 7 to 8 subjects at the GCE O-Level Examination
  • Compulsory subjects: English Language, Basic Mother Tongue Language, Mathematics, Science and Humanities

Cost of tuition in Singapore (Secondary School)

Assuming a student receives

  • 2 hours of tuition for every subject every week
  • This adds up to 8 hours of tuition per month for each subject.
  • In a year, a total of 96 hours of tuition per subject.

*We understand there are holidays, but we factor in possibly extra lessons coming up to exam periods too!

With this, here are the expenses should a secondary school student receive tuition for every subject:

Education LevelNumber of subjectsRates per subjectExpenses per subject
(96 hours)
Total Expenses
Secondary 15 - 7
(Depending on school and course path)
S$25 - S$80 per hourS$2,400 - S$7,6805 subjects: S$12,000 - S$38,400

6 subjects: S$14,400 - S$46,080

7 subjects: S$16,800 - S$53,760

8 subjects: S$19,200 - S$S$61,440

9 subjects: S$21,600 - S$69,120
Secondary 2
Secondary 35 - 9
(Depending on school and course path)
Secondary 4
Secondary 5

Hence, the total expense for tuition for secondary school subjects ranges from

  • S$48,000 – S$153,600 over 4 years, should they stick to only 5 subjects.
  • A typical express student that moves from 7 subjects in sec 1 and 2 and move on to 9 subjects for sec 3 and 4, can spend up to S$76,800 to S$245,760 on tuition.

What is the total cost of tuition in Singapore (Junior College)?

Subjects taken in JC for GCE ‘A’ Level

Students have to take up General Paper for their A levels. This is on top of 4 other subjects which they have to take.

Students can choose to either take up all 4 H2s or 3 H2s and 1 H1 subject. Students with a strong interest for any particular subject can go for the H3 modules.

Here’s the number of subjects if one were to have tuition for all his subject in JC:

Education LevelNumber of subjectsSubjects
JC 15 English, Mother Tongue (year 1), Art,
Economics, Literature in English, Geography, History, Music, Theatre Studies & Drama, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Computing
JC 2

For some cases like Millennia Institute, the course can be up to 3 years.

*Editor’s note: It is interesting that despite the fast-paced environment we live in, the framework work for GCE A Level was last updated in the year 2006. More than a decade ago.

Cost of tuition in Singapore (Junior College)

Assuming a student receives

  • 2 hours of tuition for every subject every week
  • This adds up to 8 hours of tuition per month for each subject.
  • In a year, a total of 96 hours of tuition per subject.

*We understand there are holidays, but we factor in possibly extra lessons coming up to exam periods too!

With this, here are the expenses should a JC student receive tuition for every subject:

Education LevelNumber of subjectsRates per subjectExpenses per subject
(96 hours)
Total Expenses
JC 15 S$35 - S$150/hourS$3,360 - S$14,400/year2 Years: S$33,600 - S$144,000

3 Years: S$50,400 - S$216,000
JC 2

Hence, the total expense for tuition for JC subjects ranges from S$33,600 – S$144,000 for a 2 years course, and S$50,400 – S$216,000 for a 3 years course.


Cost of tuition in Polytechnics/  ITE

Subjects taken in Polytechnics/ ITE

When it comes to polytechnics and ITE, the number of subjects they take depends on a few factors:

  • Their courses
  • Was there any internship that can help offset some mods?

Having asked around, we deduced that for every semester (6 months), a student will take up about 6 to 7 modules.

Based on this finding, we move on with our calculation.

 Cost of tuition in Singapore (Polytechnics/ ITE)

Assuming a student receives

  • 2 hours of tuition for every subject every week
  • This adds up to 8 hours of tuition per month for each subject.
  • In a year, a total of 96 hours of tuition per subject.

*We understand there are holidays, but we factor in possibly extra lessons coming up to exam periods too!

With this, here are the expenses should a Polytechnic student receive tuition for every subject:

Education LevelNumber of subjectsRates per subjectExpenses per subject
(96 hours)
Total Expenses
Polytechnics6 - 7
(Average per semester)
S$35 - S$150/hourS$3,360 - S$14,400/yearS$20,160 - S$86,400
(6 mods per year)

S$23,520 - S$100,800
(7 mods per year)

Hence, the total expense for tuition for Polytechnic ranges from S$20,160 – S$100,800 over 3 years.

For ITE, the students can choose between a 2-Year Nitec or 3-Year Nitec.

With this, here are the expenses should an ITE student receive tuition for every subject:

Education LevelNumber of subjectsRates per subjectExpenses per subject
(96 hours)
Total Expenses
ITE6
(Average per semester)
S$20 - S$90/hourS$1,920 - S$8,640/yearS$23,040 - S$103,680
(2-Year Nitec)

S$34,560 - S$155,520
(3-Year Nitec)

Hence, the total expense for tuition for Polytechnic ranges from S$23,040 – S$103,680 for a 2-Year Nitec course, and S$34,560 – S$155,520 for a 3-Year Nitec.


A Tiny Takeaway on education

 Editor’s Note: Let us not judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree.

source: Linkedin

While education is an important aspect of our society here in Singapore, parents might want to take a closer look at the strength that their child possessed. 

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