Independent schools and autonomous schools in Singapore. Experiment in increased school autonomy

Jason Tan
This article examines two recent policy initiatives in Singapore: the independent schools scheme and the autonomous schools scheme. The Singapore government has claimed that these reform initiatives, both of which are aimed at promoting greater school operating autonomy, will help attain greater choice and diversity for parents and students as well as promote excellence in education. The author examines the operating framework of both schemes and concludes that even while these schemes purport
more » ... o offer school heads increased autonomy, the government continues to exert a great deal of influence over all schools. In addition, the author is critical of the extent to which the policy objectives of these two schemes will be attained. (DIPF/Orig.)
doi:10.25656/01:2887 fatcat:pkzcufowmnegfbbmnilxfc5ocy