Singapore's education system contains three main stages: Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary. For easy access however, this site has expanded the number of stages because of the diverse variation within the system, especially in regards to Tertiary education.
Education in Singapore is a core and integral part of Singaporean life, partially due to the Chinese origins of the majority of Singapore's population as well as the Confucian beliefs of the government and the people. It is also very much due to the tremulous period under which Singapore earned independence; the 1960s were a period of global revitalization after World War 2. Furthermore, the start of the Cold War between the two major superpowers at that time created a dangerous and competitive environment for nations.
In order to survive, Singapore had to catch up to the more developed countries in development and thus a rapid drive towards raising education standards resulted in the steady development of the education standard in Singapore. This has also resulted in the mentality of many parents to push their children towards books at a young age, as it is widely believed in Singapore that good education is the key to survival.
Education has now become a part of Singaporean culture and most issues in Singapore are now tied in directly to the education of future Singaporeans.