1. Humour in lessons
2. High stakes exams
3. Big classes
4. The shadow education system
This prevalence of tuition undoubtedly makes large class sizes more feasible, as if students don't get their questions answered in class, they can ask their tutor after school. Teachers do meet with students after class when students request it, but I imagine that without the tutoring system, teachers would be swamped.
5. Well paid, highly trained teachers
Are you a Singaporean teacher, student or parent? I would love to hear your views on the above. Please comment here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.