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Ministry of Education Singapore Singapore Reviews

Updated April 15, 2017
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  • long working hours, and endless marking of papers and assignment (in 17 reviews)

  • Poor work life balance as weekends need to be spent marking or planning lessons (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Great! Work life balance!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very helpful colleagues in a fun and non-threatening work environment

    Cons

    Too many children in one class. It would be good if there were few pupils in one class.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to what teachers have to say. If they need more assistance do think of ways how you can help them.


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    "Overworked"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Teaching in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fulfilment from interaction with students
    Making a difference to some students

    Cons

    Bogged down by too much non teaching related duties that it is impossible to plan
    for lessons.

    No time for self care- skipping lunches or having meals at irregular timings.

    Poor work life balance as weekends need to be spent marking or planning lessons.

    Too much to account for- students' grades, non academic performances safety etc.

    Advice to Management

    Smaller class size-it has been emphasized for the longest time but it is not happening.


  3. "A set of tick boxes"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    great kids, easier to teach than British students, some children have family support which helps the teaching process.

    Cons

    Lack of creativity- have to follow a prescribed formulae.
    only stress on academic performance, other types of success aren't acknowledged if they do not contribute towards official grades
    doesn't encourage creativity in students
    teachers are ranked against each other- competitiveness rather than cohesiveness and support.
    sometimes senior teachers are very set in their own ways- don't like fresh teachers.
    working on weekends and well into 'school holidays'- doesn't really exist
    the rigid nature of the system slowly grinds down on passion and creativity.
    high starting salary- slow progression
    bonuses are based on ranking- if you're supervisor doesn't like you. No way will you get a decent bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up.


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  5. "Challenging, Stressful and busy, yet rewarding"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    When you do see the effect you have on your students, that makes up for every negative thing you'll encounter.

    Cons

    You slog like a donkey sometimes. There's inevitable office politics. You might end up teaching to the test. But still worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Less admin work should be assigned to teachers.


  6. "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Buona Vista (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Buona Vista (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Conducive working environment with supportive colleagues.

    Opportunity to partcipate in high-level national policies that shape the current / future education landscape.

    Cons

    Benefits can be pegged to those adopted by statutory boards for parity.

    Progression depends on your portfolio / bosses.

    Bigger departments provides better vertical progression (i.e. HR), as well as those with high political signature (i.e. Higher Education).

    Advice to Management

    None.


  7. "Part time data entry (SEAB)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Ministry of Education Singapore part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    No interview required as it is a part time job, good for those who wants to gain some work experience. Flexible timing as the job requires me to visit secondary schools.

    Cons

    Routine and repetitive. As I was required to invigilate the students, most of the time will be spend observing them and ensuring that there was no mishaps.

    Advice to Management

    None that I could think of, as I only worked with SEAB for about 1 month.


  8. "Either stay or don't return once you leave"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Kampong Pasir Ris (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Kampong Pasir Ris (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable, competitive salary, benefits are getting better. Get to interact with young people, gd career progression if you don't commit major mistakes

    Cons

    Very gd only for scholars or those who have high estimated potential. If you only know how to work hard, not the best place.

    Advice to Management

    Outsource paperwork


  9. "Coordinator and Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Coordinator and Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Coordinator and Teacher in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dynamic working environment, interesting people to work with

    Cons

    Ever changing system, always trying to catch up with the deadlines and changes

    Advice to Management

    One thing at a time, and plan things way ahead


  10. "Good financial benefits"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Education Officer in Jurong Town (Singapore)
    Current Employee - General Education Officer in Jurong Town (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Family-centric, annual pay package, payouts every few years, many job rotation opportunities, job security, accessible locations, multiple feedback channels to senior management

    Cons

    Poor leadership and work ethics. Majority of staff have little motivation to go the extra mile for the job. Many instances of poor HR policies by school leaders.

    Advice to Management

    More action less dialogue


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Dronish"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - General Education Officer in Buona Vista (Singapore)
    Current Employee - General Education Officer in Buona Vista (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ministry of Education Singapore full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Routine. Do not rock the boat. Great if you like the comfort of doing the same thing year after year without worrying job security.

    Cons

    Routine. Do not rock the boat. Few people like that and this is where your creative ideas come to die, buried in avalanche after avalanche of irrelevant paperwork for things that nobody wants.



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