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"Good governance requires good policies and good politics that can address both short-term and long-term concerns of the people. It also requires mutual trust, empathy, and respect between the leaders and the people." ~ Teo Chee Hean
The Integrated Programme (IP) is a platform targeted at high performing PSLE students. It allows students to enter secondary school in Singapore and get an impeccable upper-secondary education only to directly proceed to junior college after skipping their GCE Ordinary Level (O-level) examination.
The Integrated Programme takes the form of a six-year programme in Singapore, culminating with the GCE ‘A’ Level certificate or other diplomas such as the International Baccalaureate (IB).
The curriculum of the IP is tough and unique at the same time. Promising optimal growth that is beyond academics, the curriculum can be difficult for some students to cope with. Moreover, finding an efficient Integrated Programme tuition teacher in Singapore is usually an arduous task. ChampionTutor can help you to find the IP tutor you have been searching for to reach the zenith of success.
The IP is a 6-year programme, targeted towards the top 10% of PSLE students in Singapore, that leads students straight towards Junior College to take on their GCE A levels or an International Baccalaureate (IB). The IB is thus the diploma that you can consider taking after graduating from the Integrated Programme. Since the IB International Baccalaureate is held with such high esteem around the world, taking the IP followed by an IB sets up an enviable educational trajectory for most students.
At the fifth Principals’ Appointment Ceremony held on 30 December 2002, the Integrated Programme scheme was introduced by then Singapore’s Minister for Education Teo Chee Hean. The first schools approved to implement the programme from 2004 were as follows:
TThere are approximately 17 schools in Singapore, as of date, that offer Integrated Programme. Excluding the ones mentioned above, the list includes:
The programme was initiated with a vision to target the top 10% of the PSLE cohort and put them through intensive curriculum that integrates rigorous ‘through-train’ education. The programme will allow them to optimise the time freed from preparing for the GCE ‘O’ Levels to inculcate broader learning experiences that would help to harness their creativity, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and leadership skills. However, these schools will continue to have school-based assessments to measure pupils’ progress.
One of the most obvious benefits of the IP is the absence of the GCE O level examinations. However, this also means that things will be a lot more intense than other secondary school programmes. After all, it is a fast-track programme.
How then will the curriculum differ from that of a standard secondary school curriculum? For one, IP students will take on higher-level topics such as those taken on by their seniors. The IP curriculum can include A level subjects even when students are in Secondary 1 or 2. Something else to note is that the Integrated Programme puts independence at the forefront of its learning methodologies. That is to say, unlike students taking their GCE O levels who can rely on 10-year series to prepare for their exams, the same will not suffice for IP students. They’ll have to be active, independent learners to keep up with the fast pace of study.
As mentioned, the Integrated Programme targets the top 10% of PSLE’s top scorers in Singapore. Not just focusing on academic-related matters, the IP tests students on their research and analytical skills as well. Since the curriculum is more flexible, students have to be able to adapt to the more advanced topics introduced by their teachers and be disciplined in finding a balance between after-school activities, as well as the attainment of knowledge.
All our qualified IP Tutors have the experience to teach the specific syllabus and help your child pass their ‘A’ Levels examination with outstanding scores. The IP tuition syllabus has been thoroughly studied and structured to provide your child with the best learning experience.
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The IP system tests many skills – everything from academics to time management. It may thus come as no surprise that all the hard work just might not cut it at times. To efficiently navigate your way through this competitive system, try seeking the help of your teachers and private tutors. From Mathematics to Social Science, IP tutors at ChampionTutor make learning easy.
Tutors’ rate varies depending on several reasons – the level and subject they are teaching, academic qualification, and experience. At ChampionTutor, specific tuition rates can be found in each tutor request form when you sign up for Integrated Programme tuition in Singapore. Rough estimates are as follows:
Primary: SGD 25 to 50 per hour
Secondary: SGD 35 to 65 per hour
Junior College: SGD 45 to 100 per hour
IB: SGD 45 to 100 per hour
University: SGD 60 to 120 per hour
To advance to university, IP students have to ace their GCE A levels. Having not attained their GCE O levels, the stresses of dropping out of school with only their PSLE certification can get overwhelming. Therefore, mastering every subject matter is pivotal. To help facilitate the successful completion of the IP, many IP students turn to Integrated Programme tuition lessons in Singapore to maintain a good performance track record.
In a school setting, the simple answer is no. IP students are meant to skip their GCE O levels. For those planning to take their GCE O levels by registering as private candidates, it is important to note that IP students from government, government-aided or independent schools are barred from doing so.
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