07 Jul '11, 12am

Over 600 private schools have closed

THE number of private schools here is about a third of what it once was, following an industry shake-up triggered by more stringent quality standards required by the Private Education Act. Only 328 schools remain, down from the estimated 1,000 in December 2009. Student enrolment, however, has gone up, as the more established schools have expanded over the last couple of years. Private-school enrolment stood at 120,000 before December 2009 and 146,000 as at last month. These updates came from the Council for Private Education (CPE), set up nearly two years ago to clean up the private education sector, which had been hit by a spate of sudden closures of schools. Students were stranded midway through their studies, with thousands of dollars in fees locked up with the schools. Private schools have been given the last 18 months - until last month - to shape up in order to be re...

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