An anonymous reader posted a lengthy and rather thought-provoking comment on one of our articles, basically pointing out how difficult it is to be a teacher here in Singapore.
We've since reproduced the comment on the JobsCentral Forum, and here are some extracts from the comment:
"All teaching have more or less taken a backseat to administrative work and courses that 'enhance your ability to teach'. Clocked in hours for courses, sharings, etc (not including contact time meeting and level meetings and departmental meetings and a now special 'blocked' time for sharing amongst your level) is 100 hours a year..."
"Preformance bonuses are based on teaching, contributions to school, as well as...yes administrative work. No clear weightage is given and so each school will weigh things differently. So there may be a principal who decides that going to a meeting to meet about what you have talked about in your last meeting is more important than attending to a child's emotional needs and mark you down for it..."
Is teaching in Singapore really that bad?
Click here to read the comment in its entirety, and if you have your own observations to make about the profession, do share them with us on the JobsCentral Forum too.