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

Ming Feng
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Ah… tuition. One of the most profitable industries in Singapore, and the bane of every student suffering in this education system.

We all know tuition is a bit of a chore, but in the current kiasu Singapore landscape, it has become difficult to escape from it.

If you are a parent looking to send your children to tuition, this is an estimated cost on how much you will spend on tuition and enrichment classes if you were to give your child additional enrichment from pre-school to university:

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Of course, these are just mere generalizations and assumptions. If you are a parent looking to hire a tutor, it is important to know what is the market rate for tutors out there, so that you will not be paying a notch above the rest.


TL;DR: Tuition rate in Singapore- How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Tutor In Singapore?

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Tutor's QualificationLower PrimaryUpper PrimarySecondary ITEJunior College/ Diploma
A Level/ DiplomaS$20 - S$25/hourS$20 - S$25/hourS$25 - S$49/hourS$20 - S$40/hourS$35 - S$45/hour
UndergraduateS$22- S$25/hourS$22 - S$25/hourS$30-S$45/hourS$25 - S$45/hourS$35 - S$50/hour
Degree Graduate
or
Full-time Tutor
S$$25- S$40/hourS$35- S$45/hourS$40-S$60/hourS$30 - S$60/hourS$50/hr - S$90/hour
Current Teacher
or
Ex-Teacher
S$35 - S$50/hourS$45 - S$60/hourS$60-S$90/hourS$50 - S$90/hourS$90 - S$130/hour

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The Education Journey Of A Typical Singaporean

A typical Singaporean goes through 3 major phases 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)
Primary 13S$20 - S$50/hourS$1,920 - S$4,880/year
Primary 2
Primary 34
Primary 4S$20 - S$60/hourS$1,920 - S$5,760/year
Primary 5
Primary 6

If you are looking to enroll your child in a tuition class, expect to pay ~$1,920-$5,760/year for tuition for a single subject!


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)
Secondary 15 - 7
(Depending on school and course path)
S$25 - S$80 per hourS$2,400 - S$7,680
Secondary 2
Secondary 35 - 9
(Depending on school and course path)
Secondary 4
Secondary 5

Tuition classes in Secondary school are slightly more expensive, and it may cost you from $2,400-$7,680/year per subject!


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)
JC 15 S$35 - S$150/hourS$3,360 - S$14,400/year
JC 2

JC is stressful, and also expensive. If you have tuition for a single subject, expect to spend up to S$3,360 – S$14,400/year.


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)
Polytechnics6 - 7
(Average per semester)
S$35 - S$150/hourS$3,360 - S$14,400/year

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)
ITE6
(Average per semester)
S$20 - S$90/hourS$1,920 - S$8,640/year

For most students, it is quite unlikely to get tuition or external help when you enter polytechnics/ ITE, as there are a huge variety of courses available. However, should you manage to get tuition for Poly/ITE, you can expect to spend from $1,920 – $14,400/year, depending on the module you take.


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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