Very high proficiency EF EPI score 68.63 Position in Asia #1/21
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  • $85,020.00
    World Bank, 2009-2013

    Gross national income (GNI) per capita is based on purchasing power parity, converted into international dollars. One international dollar has the same purchasing power as one U.S. dollar in the U.S. The EF EPI countries' 2013 global average was 27,845 USD, ranging from 2,890 USD (Cambodia) to 128,530 USD (Qatar).

  • 81.0%
    World Bank, 2013

    Internet penetration signifies the percentage of people in a country with access to the Internet. EF EPI countries' 2014 global average was 56.8%, with the range of 6.0% (Cambodia) to 95.1% (Norway).

  • 20.0%
    Worldbank, 2006-2013

    This World Bank statistic refers to the percentage of total government expenditure dedicated to education. The global average for EF EPI countries from 2010 to 2013 was 14.0%, with the range being 7.3% (Azerbaijan) to 31.3% (Thailand).

  • 11.60
    UN Human Development Reports, 2013

    Mean years of schooling is the “average number of years of education received by people aged 25 and older, converted from education attainment levels using the official duration of each level.” The EF EPI countries' 2013 global mean was 9.2 years, with the range of 2.5 (Yemen) to 12.9 (Germany).

  • 5,888,926
    CIA World Factbook, 2017

    The populations of EF EPI countries range from 594,130 people (Luxembourg) to 1.38 billion (China). These 2017 statistics come from the CIA World Factbook.

  • Singapore
  • Average

Proficiency trend

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#6 / 72 Very high
#5 / 80 Very high
#3 / 88 Very high

English by gender

Focus: English learning initiatives in Singapore

The Speak Good English Movement

In 2000, Singaporean Prime Minister Goh Chok Tong launched the Speak Good English Movement. This campaign encourages Singaporeans to speak and write using Standard English rather than the local Singlish dialect. The Speak Good English Movement runs workshops, seminars, contests, and programs throughout the year. However, the campaign is not universally popular: local advocacy groups have criticized it for demonizing Singlish, which has a distinctive place in Singaporean culture and heritage.


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