As you explore schools in Singapore, you may have come across some schools with a programme called the Special Assistance Plan. What was once a prestigious and distinct programme which produced top-scorers and revolutionise bilingual education in Singapore, has somewhat faded from the spotlight. However, SAP schools remain some of the best secondary schools in Singapore and retains some unique features.
How much do you know about SAP schools and what they offer? If you are considering any SAP schools, do read on to find out more about this segment of schools in Singapore!
History of SAP
The introduction of the Special Assistance Plan (SAP) in 1979 aimed to preserve elite Chinese-stream schools in a time where English-medium schools were gaining favour. The initial 9 SAP secondary schools aimed to cultivate bilingual students deeply rooted in traditional Chinese values, a contrast to other schools which were then either English-stream or Chinese-stream. In 1989, SAP expanded to include 10 primary schools in 1989.
As the years went by, more schools were added to the list of SAP schools, and changes were made according to regular reviews of the programme. One of these initiatives was the Bicultural Studies Programme (BSP) which was pinoeered in 3 secondary schools in 2005. The programme was designed to nurture top bilingual students into bicultural professionals capable of effectively engaging with China. Subsequently, each school also implemented their own flagship programmes to enhance students’ appreciation of the Chinese language and deepen their understanding of traditional Chinese values.