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MOE making teachers pay for parking in schools will help students learn faster to lower costs

MOE making teachers pay for parking in schools will help students learn faster to lower costs

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This will help teachers better decide if weaker students are worth staying back for.


Singaporeans from all walks of life are clapping their hands and nodding their heads in absolute agreement.

This after it was revealed that the Ministry of Education has been mulling since 2015 if teachers should pay for parking their vehicles in schools, as a lot of money has been forgone due to teachers enjoying free parking all along.

One Singaporean, Jin Gian Lui, said she supports MOE charging teachers for parking according to the duration they park their cars: “I support the idea that the cost of parking is levied off teachers, and later transferred to the students.”

“This is economically-sound as it allows weaker students to better buck up faster, or else, it is really going to cost their teachers financially at 50 cents every half-an-hour extra.”

Other Singaporeans agreed this market-based approach is in line with Singapore’s demand-and-supply outlook on life.

Another local, Jiang Dao Li, said: “By charging for parking, it allows teachers to not only focus on syllabus-oriented learning, but transfer vital life skills to their students, whereby they learn early about issues such as opportunity costs and risks transference.”

“Teachers can then also better decide for themselves if certain segments of the student population are worth staying back for in school, or is the teacher going to get out of the school compound 30 minutes early and saving 50 cents in the process.”

“This will greatly aid numeracy in students once paid parking in schools is implemented.”






More PhD holders becoming teachers

More PhD holders becoming teachers

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Doctorates in education preferred over specialised subjects.

The Science Research Centre at Hwa Chong Institution.

A small but growing number of PhD holders are choosing to teach in goverment schools, foregoing the prestige and higher pay of higher institutes of learning.

Most of these doctorate holders are in Raffles Institution, Hwa Chong Institution, Dunman High School and Methodist Girls’ School.

According to the Ministry of Education, there are 80 teachers with PhDs working in primary and secondary schools and junior colleges or at its headquarters.

About 3,000 out of 30,000 teachers have post-graduate qualifications.

Most hold master’s degrees.

In 2000, there were 960 post-graduate holders out of a pool of 24,000 teachers, or about 4 percent.

These numbers are expected to grow as teachers are expected to upgrade themselves and further studies are provided by the ministry.

However, a PhD does not pay off in monetary terms. There is no automatic pay increment with a higher level degree.

An average-performing teacher in the force for 10 years gets paid about $5,000 to $6,000 a month. With good performance, it will be $6,000 to $7,000.

In comparison, a junior university lecturer can earn above $8,000.

In RI, there are seven PhD holders out of 166 teachers who teach Year 1 to 4 students.

Two received their PhDs last year, and one in 2009.

But not all PhDs are created equal.

There is a preference for doctorates in education over those in a specialised subject.

At HCI, pedagogical qualifications matter more as the school values teachers with research skills so that teachers can be effective research mentors.

About 10 percent of the school’s 400 teachers have a PhD or are pursuing one.

Among these, about three-quarters hold a doctorate in education while the rest have PhDs in specialised subjects.

This article is a 60-second reduction of the original published in The Straits Times on Sept. 6.