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single-session system


A schooling system consisting of a single session of school that starts from around 7:30 am and ends at around 3 pm. The term is mainly used in contrast to the double-session system, which consists of morning and afternoon sessions of school.


In 2009, the Primary Education Review and Implementation Committee recommended all primary schools in Singapore to switch to a single-session system by 2010.

The single-session system was implemented mainly to enhance a well-rounded education, and free up more time for students to participate in co-curricular activities.

The start and end times for single-session schools differ from those of double-session schools. For the latter, the morning session typically starts from 7:30 am and ends at 1:30 pm, while the afternoon session begins at around 12:30 pm and ends at around 6:30 pm.

Although the Ministry of Education has encouraged primary schools to implement the single-session system, there are currently five primary schools which continue to operate in dual sessions. However, after renovation, most of these schools will switch to a single session.


In 2010, the Singapore Hokkien Huay Kuan donated more than $12 million to expand the classrooms of its affiliated schools over the course of six years. This allowed five primary schools to adopt the single-session system, and provided them with the funds required to construct additional facilities on top of the standard requirements of the Ministry of Education. (Lianhe Zaobao, 6/9/2015)