Oct 22, 2013

    Teachers not leaving due to workload

    WHEN teachers leave the education service, workload is not a major factor, Education Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday.

    This was gleaned from exit interviews with outgoing teachers. In fact, the annual resignation rate for teachers has remained low at around 3 per cent over the past five years, he said.

    Mr Heng was responding to a question from Nominated MP Janice Koh, who asked if workload had an effect on teacher attrition and whether the Education Ministry tracked such trends.

    Said the minister: "We will continue to monitor the workload of teachers through internal employee-feedback channels to ensure that workload is maintained within reasonable levels."

    Mr Heng also noted that teachers are given extra support by allied educators and school administrative teams.