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Ministry of Education Singapore Reviews

Updated Jul 28, 2014
Ministry of Education Singapore – “The view from below”

Ministry of Education Singapore – “The view from below”
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3.4 75 reviews

Review Highlights

Pros
  • you can have your work-life balance if you are able to prioritize otherwise you'll find yourself working 11 hours in school (in 4 reviews)

  • Relatively comfortable working environment but largely depends on your role as the HR Division in MOE is very big (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance have to be kept in check (in 6 reviews)

  • Tough working hours during school time (in 7 reviews)

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    Decent experience

    Teacher (Current Employee)

    ProsGood starting salary and, if you are fortunate, you get posted to a school with good management, a good work environment where you can enjoy certain flexibility in your work.

    ConsThe work-life balance is skewed towards 'work'. Subsequent promotions are difficult to attain. Unsatisfactory benefit package.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Tiring

    Teacher (Current Employee)

    ProsJob satisfaction, meaningful work with teens

    ConsToo many periods
    Lack of work-life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet us concentrate on teaching
    Don't just promote people who can only talk but no real quality to their work

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Mixed feelings

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsStudents are like a mirror - they show you your strengths, along with your greatest flaws and insecurities. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing your students grow, and helping them achieve their dreams. The knowledge that you have made a difference in their lives., and them in yours, motivates you to become a better teacher every day.

    ConsThe majority of one's time is consumed by administrative chores, committee duties, meetings, school events and other miscellaneous matters which do not contribute to or impact students' academic and holistic development. Career advancement largely hinges on one's perceived visibility in the school - How many large-scale school-wide events have you organised this year? How many innovative ICT lessons have you conducted this year? How often do you conduct training/sharing sessions? How many achievements has your CCA attained? Have you conducted any cluster sharing? Are you a scholar?

    High turnover rates and low barriers to entry result in an extremely young and inexperienced workforce. Be prepared to work with incompetent colleagues who treat teaching as a 'regular' government job and are disinterested in their students. Be prepared to work with colleagues who would tell you readily that they joined MOE because they couldn't find jobs elsewhere, and look forward to the end of each school day.

    Never mind if you have poor classroom management skills or lack mastery in your subject areas - teaching is only 30% of what a 'good' teacher's real workload.

    Never mind that devoting more time to increasing one's 'visibility' means less time is spent on helping your students excel.

    The teaching landscape in government schools has changed dramatically - consider carefully your motivations for coming into teaching (MOE vs private institutions), your expectations and gratifications before making the move. Good luck.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut the red-tape and pretentious 'innovative, technology-driven' lesson ideas and focus on what truly matters.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not so good

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood salary and bonus yearly

    ConsLack of work-life balance.
    Always been about work all the time.
    Too much work after school hours

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    Teacher (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsPay is average. You will not starve nor will you die. Stable it is.

    Teaching is satisfying.

    Cons1) No work-life balance. Other than what you can find during a near-one month December holiday.
    June holiday is approximately 1 week long. March and Sept holiday are non-existent.

    Despite the recent work-life balance announced by PM that makes Saturday and Sunday a rest day, a number of teachers return to schools to run CCAs and programmes every Saturday and Sunday.

    2) Marking is a daily take-home chore since CCAs, meetings and remedial will take up most of the afternoons.

    3) There can be back-stabbing among colleagues.
    Make worse, your principal and school management is blinded by policies and achievement-driven mentality.

    4) Also, scholars are promoted faster irregardless whether their students produce better national exam results or whether they can teach and manage the school. School management gives faster promotion to scholars because scholars' promotion and performance evaluation are handled by the HQ directly. So much for a fair appraisal.

    5) VPs can be a retired military or police officer doing administrative work who knows nothing about educating a child.

    Multi-layers hierarchy, over-administration and commercialisation kills teaching.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromotion based on Principal's evaluation of an officer's potential to the next grade is subjective and biased.

    Since promotion is based on the Principal's evaluation, the EPMS appraisal acts like a veil and is an useless tool. Scrap it.

    Scruntise appointment of HODs or Middle Managers. Those who are more worried about their own survival should not be placed in such positions. They care nothing, concoct stories and put blame on teachers for his/her department's poor result.

    Not all teachers are gunning for promotions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's a fulfilling time in MOE as I'm able to teach and engage the class.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsIt's nice to educate the youths and talk to them
    Lots of support from fellow interns and teachers
    Good environment

    ConsLong working hours (But it is really worth it.)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Internship: Good exposure, but highly dependent on the indiv school/supervisor

    Teacher (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsI did the 6 week MOE internship for University students.
    There was good exposure to various aspects of teaching life - conducting lessons, marking work, exam invigilation, sitting in for staff meetings etc. It's a great stepping stone to see whether one is really suited for the teaching profession or not.
    The pay was good, for an internship.

    ConsDepending on the school you're posted to and supervisors you get (you can't choose), you'll either have a very positive and fulfilling experience or quite an average one. Unfortunately, my supervisor wasn't willing to delegate a lot of responsibility to me and didn't seem that passionate about the profession, so I was unable to teach that many classes or really be motivated about this internship.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake sure that the supervisors are not those teaching sec 4 classes, if not there's nothing for the interns to teach!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Can be busy or full of idle time depending on the load of the school and if you are replacing a teacher curriculum.

    Relief Teacher (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsGood environment and especially if you have side jobs to buffer the base salary.
    The children are adorable and the anatomy to control the class is there for you to decide.

    ConsLack of opportunity without a certification to progress. Do not enjoy medical benefits nor is fully acknowledge by the staff as a proper full time teacher ifself

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Good experience working with domain experts

    Project Lead (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsAccurate requirements and Good facilities

    Conslong working hours. Not much technicalities.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNone

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    Good start if you can withstand the boredom of a primary school or volatile students of a secondary school.

    General Education Officer (Untrained) (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsNIE training is highly valued, even beyond Singapore.
    Good salary and Civil Service benefits.

    ConsNo formal training at the beginning so it is unfair and cruel to those who have potential to be a good teacher but lack the mental qualities to handle the enormous stress of teaching. You are literally thrown into the deep end with the barest of support. Swim or drown.

    The requirements of achieving a good performance bonus is steep, considering the competition from fellow teachers and the bias towards non-teaching activities/initiatives, such as organizing internal art competition.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA more comprehensive training phase for new entrants.

    A more accurate picture of what to expect as new entrants.

    A communication channel dedicated to new entrants and issues particular to them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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