What is IB?
IB refers to International Baccalaureate. It is a non-profit organization which offers educational programmes to international schools and students who study in such schools will get the diploma or certificates at the end of a programme.
Singapore students score big in the IB exam
The results of IB exam in November 2021 were published yesterday. Students from 16 schools in Singapore took part in the exam. And 133 of them account for 238 full scores participants. These schools are mainly local international schools in Singapore, such as School of the Arts Singapore, Hwa Chong International School, ACS International School.
In fact, not all schools with "international" in their names are international school that we are discussing about in this article. The real international schools generally have EduTrust certification. EduTrust is a voluntary certification scheme for private education institutions (PEIs) in Singapore, but private education institutions which enrol international students must be EduTrust-certified. Therefore, international schools without EduTrust can only enrol students who possess permanent residency or Long Term Visit Pass.
Moreover, international schools are divided into local and foreign schools. Singapore students in local international schools account for more than 50%. Most of local international school have only middle years programmes. Primary years or kindergartens are not offered. Local Singaporean students can choose to study in local international schools after the Primary School Leaving Examination. Singaporean students can only choose local international schools if they want to study in IB international schools. On the contrary, foreign educational schools among these international schools enrol students according to their nationality. For example, Canadian International schools only enrol Canadians.
International schools also have two sets of syllabus. One is to prepare the students for the internationally certified IB exam, and the other is to prepare them for the national test. For example, British international schools will prepare the students for the British college entrance examination A-level. This diversion generally occurs in middle school or high school, and students can choose one according to their own wishes. The original intention of these two syllabuses is to help international students obtain internationally certified diplomas. At the same time, if students want to go back to their own country to continue their studies, they can be prepared in advance.
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