Teachers

RETRENCHMENT NOT AN OPTION FOR TEACHERS IN MERGED SCHOOLS

Senior Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary has moved to allay the real fears that teachers might have that when their schools merge, they might lose their jobs. He reassured that the teachers affected by upcoming school mergers will be given bridging courses and lighter teaching loads where possible, and that they would not be retrenched.

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TEACHERS WON'T LOSE JOBS IN MERGER, BUT WILL LIFE BE THE SAME FOR THEM?

While the MOE had said that no one would lose their jobs, imagine the anxiety of facing the uncertainty of where you are going to be deployed, of parting ways with most of the colleagues who had been in the same school with you for a long time, and the prospect of having an entirely new team of colleagues and students without ever having changed or requested for a change of job deployment. Some of the teachers might even have to teach at other levels, meaning they might have to trade JC teaching to secondary school modules. All these change of environment and possibly job description will just add to the anxiety levels of the teachers.

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MANY OTHER TEACHERS IN ITE MANHANDLES STUDENTS, IT'S A CULTURE THERE

I was there the whole day at the school. Notice many students acting like a gangster, smoking just outside the school compound, it's like a common sight. While I notice on the behaviour of the student, I also notice many teachers being aggressive towards few students too. It was just in front of me when an Indian boy who did not tuck in his white shirt walk past a teacher. The teacher just grab from the back of his neck and tell him to tuck the shirt in. I was shocked but did not say anything.

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ITE GIRL: ITE TEACHERS DO NOT SHOW THEIR STUDENTS ANY RESPECT!

Some educators from ITE College West have been discriminating students from the start. They have told students explicitly that they should count themselves lucky that they were taken in despite their ‘appearance’. Not only that, they do not care about the welfare of students. Students try to strive and work hard for their exams, and approach their respective teachers for revision papers. To their dismay, they were turned away and were even told that there was no need for that and a pass will just be adequate for them.

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SHOULD MOE TEACHERS BE SUBJECTED TO MORE SCRUTINY AND ACCOUNTABILITY?

There has been something I've been curious about as of late. It started with the debate surrounding the carpark issue. This led to people comparing teaching to other noble jobs such as medicine or engineering. But for the latter, there is a large amount of scrutiny and accountability. If all these other important jobs are held to a certain level of scrutiny and accountability, should teachers also be subject to more scrutiny? Conversely however, if we were to scrutinise teachers even more, less people would join the teaching fraternity as the heavy responsibility might "scare" them away. Too much accountability would just shift more burden to teachers and parents might feel that it is the teacher's job to discipline/teach/babysit all at the same time.

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MANY SACRIFICES MADE BY TEACHERS IN SINGAPORE

This email is with regard to the news that MOE wishes to start charging teachers for parking. While the public remains divided about this issue, and many are quick to point out that teachers had a pay rise last year, none of the forums point out the following realities for teachers in MOE schools:

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THE HARSH REALITIES OF BEING A TEACHER IN S'PORE, WHY SO STINGY TO THEM?

This email is with regard to the news that MOE wishes to start charging teachers for parking. While the public remains divided about this issue, and many are quick to point out that teachers had a pay rise last year, none of the forums point out the following realities for teachers in MOE schools: 1) When there are a recession about 6 to 7 years ago, salary increments were frozen for MOE's teachers. Teachers did not get any wage increments that year. 2) In many schools, it is not uncommon for teachers to often fork out their own cash several times a year to pay for things for their students.

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PAID PARKING SAGA: ARE S'POREAN TEACHERS COMPLAINING TOO MUCH?

I see facebook teachers whining and whining over a carpark fee... dont understand why they wanna kpkb so much? always complain that parents kp them, zhuo bo lan during school holidays...and when need to work OT like marking KPKB like no tomorrow....come on who doesnt do OT? AND HOW MUCH IS THE CARPARK SEASON PARKING ONLY? LESS THAN 100 BUCKS? AND YOU JUST GOT HOW MUCH INCREMENT?

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