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Education: Do you know?

In Uncategorized on 30/04/2016 at 10:56 am

What S’porean, Jap and British teachers have in common

They really work hard.

But exam results show that hours worked by teachers are meaningless: Japanese and South Korean pupils are neck-and-neck near the top of the PISA rankings of 15-year-olds’ literacy, numeracy and scientific knowledge. Their teachers are paid about the same, but put in vastly different hours: a whopping 54 hours per week in Japan, compared with 37 in South Korea. 

(Economist)

Remember we are also near the Japs and Kireans in PISA rankings

50% of a school’s students need financial aid

“In RI, my students had packed schedules from the start of school until 6pm to 7pm, and even had tuition classes at night. They are very well-occupied during the holidays with camps, projects and events.

“Most came from families with stable structures and do not require financial assistance,” she said.

In contrast, close to half of Spectra’s student population is on financial aid, with a significant percentage from single-parent backgrounds or in the care of guardians or even institutionalised homes, Ms Teo said.

“Many of them like to hang out in school after classes because they would rather be with friends than at home. They tell us they actually look forward to coming to school, especially during holidays, because they are so bored at home,” she said.

ST report: Emphasis mine

 

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  1. 65% of Sinkie teachers work are non-classroom — mostly doing bullshit stuff.

    If cut down on the BS stuff, Sinkie teachers productive work hours will be similar to OECD average i.e. 37 hr work week. (This would be excluding lunch breaks)

    But 1 thing Sinkie teachers have in vast advantage over other angmoh countries — the easy option to go private tuition or moonlight as one, and earn big bucks.

    The only reason holding most Sinkie teachers back is lack of risk-taking & entrepreneurial attitude — they scared to lose paid sick leave, annual leave, employee welfare benefits e.g. reimbursements of holiday flights / hotel stays, iron-rice bowl salary increments & bonuses.

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