Ministry of Education Singapore Reviews

Updated February 6, 2015
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  1. Work life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Support Officer in Bishan New Town (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Technical Support Officer in Bishan New Town (Singapore)

    I worked at Ministry of Education Singapore

    Pros

    Work on your own phase. Work life balance. Basic pay is good.

    Cons

    Increment slow. No career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have some career advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Teacher

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Teacher, Secondary School in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Contractor - Teacher, Secondary School in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good training and career path

    Cons

    Recognition and promotion slower than expected

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. Holistic and comprehensive plan for growth and contribution.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Education Officer in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Education Officer in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    In Singapore, a job with the MOE is likened to a solid 'rice bowl'.

    Cons

    Strict protocol and standard operating procedures may be a challenge to some.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life harmony has been a core thrust of the MOE. I am thankful for that.

    Recommends
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  5. Admin Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Administration Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Administration Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Usually have good colleagues in the cluster. Depends on management setting the culture. Opportunities for professional development

    Cons

    Handling a group of teachers who like to complain too much admin work and they like to demand you do this and do that for them. Little appreciation for helping them as they treat you like you owe it to them. Poor compensation for the amount of work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to start setting clear expectations of what is considered beyond the job scope and what is considered your duty for the respective sub grade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. Rigid and Stressful Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    If you love hanging out with children and teaching, this is the place to be. Culture wise it depends on which school you have been allocated to.

    Cons

    You will only be teaching half the time. The other half involves school activites, extra activities, staff meetings. So you have to take the entire package.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. feel cheated

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Allied Educator (T&L) in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Allied Educator (T&L) in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    stable job, good work environment

    Cons

    - AE is supposed to assist the teacher, being an untrained AE I was forced to be a relief teacher handling classes of 30 plus students daily & frequently, this was not mentioned in the interview but the school practised this frequently because they did not have enough manpower.
    - Rather apply to be a teacher since the workload is the same, you also have to do everything a teacher does.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Teacher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Teaching is satisfying.

    Cons

    1) 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 ManagementAdvice

    Promotion 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Internship: Good exposure, but highly dependent on the indiv school/supervisor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Intern - Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Ministry of Education Singapore as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    Depending 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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Relief Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Contractor - Relief Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good 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.

    Cons

    Lack 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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - General Education Officer (Untrained) in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Contractor - General Education Officer (Untrained) in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Ministry of Education Singapore as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    A 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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