early informal schools
After the founding of Singapore, the different ethnic
groups provided their own people with education. Lessons
were conducted in shop houses and places of worship.
Religious Malay teacher set up
Malay school. Children attending were taught
messages from quran. Quran is a holy book of all
Muslims and is written in Arabic. Malay Language
was seldom taught.
Chinese pupils attending school had
to memorize old Chinese literature. Lessons were
conducted in Chinese dialects. Pupils were taught
how to write with a brush and use an abacus.
Pupils are taught Tamil language.
But most parents liked the children to go to
English schools. Thus many Indians school were
Christian missionaries from Europe
and America set up English schools. Pupils were
taught English, history and Mathematics. All
races attended them.
changes and progress
English become an important language in the 20th
century. More English schools were set up. Most mission
school provides secondary classes too. Some mission
schools are St Margarets school and St Joseph
Its last name was Chung Hwa girls school
and was founded in 1911 and was the first Chinese
school in Singapore. It is now located in
New Islamic schools called madrasahs were
started. Religious studies, Malay and Arabic were
taught Alsagoff Arabic School was one of them.
There was a change in the Chinese education in
the 20th century. Lessons were taught in
mandarin. Pupils had to study history, geography
and science too.
It is the
earliest catholic school in Singapore. It used to
be in bras basah road, but now is in Malcolm
It was the earliest school in Singapore for
girls started in 1942 by an English lady
missionary, as she pitied the Chinese girls who
were sold as slaves. The girls were taught how to
read and write.
Rich Asians sent their sons abroad for further
studies. Raffles College and Medical College provided
higher education in Singapore. It had courses on art and
science and teachers training program.