Anyone knows what is the difference between SAP & autonomous

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Anyone knows what is the difference between SAP & autonomous

Postby Musicstar » Wed Oct 10, 2012 8:54 am


I am not sure what is the difference between a Special Assistance Plan (SAP) and Autonomous School (AS). I see from the the booklet and know about all the schools that belong to SAP and AS.

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Re: Anyone knows what is the difference between SAP & autono

Postby astronomer » Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:45 am

SAP stands for special assistance plan. SAP schools were previously chinese lnaguage medium school (and maybe missionary schools) were some subject were taught in CL. Eventually these school came under MOE (fundings, etc.). These school retains most of its character as a former CL medium (or missionary) school but of course follows the MOE curriculum and now uses English as the main medium of instructions.

School are designated autonomous schools because they were given some freedom in the running of the school. They still follow the MOE curriculum but are able to plan their own programs etc. Basically they have more freedom and more say in how they run the school. These school are usually well established schools with strong alumni support. Accidentally all SAP schools are autonomous school.

When normal schools performs well it may then be accorded the status of an autonomous school. The most recent school to become autonomous was Yishun Town Secondary in 2010 (if I am not mistaken).

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