Disability and education in Singapore

Education is compulsory up to age 15 in Singapore, so children from age seven will need to enrol in either Special Education (SPED) schools or mainstream primary schools. Not every child is diagnosed with intellectual disability by school-going age. Some are diagnosed as having borderline intellectual disability, leaving parents with the difficult decision of whether to put their child in SPED or mainstream education.

Choosing education systems can be tricky, and parents can speak to medical professionals, social workers or teachers to seek their recommendations. Parents who have gone through the same journey may also be able to share their personal experiences. Ultimately, each child is different, and decisions should be made in his/her best interests.

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