According to a study called ‘International Mathematics and Science Study’ (an achievement test set by policymakers and educators globally), Singapore students are, on a global level, the best performing students in the subjects of mathematics and science. In this test, Primary 4 pupils and Secondary 2 students (179 primary schools and 167 secondary schools were included in the sample) topped the Mathematics test.
Singapore Maths in particular is regarded to have a very high standard globally, both in terms of its syllabus and the way the subject is being handled in examinations. This is especially because the Ministry of Education in Singapore is aware that Mathematics is of paramount importance in various professions and it’s a subject that influences a lot of fields. It is a prerequisite to many important areas and as a reinforcement to that, you can see mathematics manifested in many ways around us. Thus, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education at a tertiary level is given lots of importance and educational experts assent to the significance of staying ahead of the curve in terms of the Mathematics syllabus.
Educational experts often question why Singapore students, in general, perform exceptionally well in Mathematics and what makes Singapore Mathematics students special.
So, let’s look at the top 5 reasons why Singapore math is popular and being looked up to…
#1: A STRONG BASE
A strong base is a key to everything. Singapore’s education system believes in building a strong foundation for children and it is absolutely true that this will bring students far in their education. There are various programmed and support systems created and in place to help students to cope with and perform well in mathematics. Such programmes include the ‘Night study’ programme, supplementary classes, head-start programme, remedial lessons, and one-to-one consultations.
#2: CRITICAL THINKING
These skills are of high importance in the Singapore education system, particularly in mathematics. By teaching children to think critically to solve problems from the beginning, it will become second nature to them, which means children will come up with an immediate response that starts off from reading, to analyzing, hypothesizing, testing and finally figuring out the answer. With constant practice through school assignments and examinations, students are trained to be critical thinkers.