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Teachers in Singapore more respected than in Finland, UK, US

Postby dimsum » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:45 am

http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/sin ... 35670.html

SINGAPORE: Teachers in Singapore were ranked seventh out of 21 countries in an index on the status of the profession, ahead of Finland, Britain and the United States.

According to the Varkey GEMS Foundation 2013 Global Teacher Status Index, the Republic ranks third in the aspect of respondents here having confidence in the national education system, assigning it an average score of 6.7 on a scale of 10, only behind Turkey and China.

Four in five respondents here — the fifth-highest proportion among the 21 nations surveyed — said they would encourage their children to pursue a career in teaching, according to the study findings released on Thursday.

However, while Singaporeans thought highly of teachers in most regards, respondents believed that the fair wage for a teacher should be 14 per cent less than the average actual wage of US$37,144 (S$46,400), which was the highest among the nations in the study. In contrast, 95 per cent of the countries believed teachers’ pay should be more than the actual wage received.

The Varkey GEMS Foundation 2013 Global Teacher Status Index, which surveys 1,000 respondents in each country, aims to measure key indicators of the status of teachers in their country, including the public perception of the profession and salaries.

The index, drawn up by Professor Peter Dolton, Professor of Economics at Sussex University and Dr Oscar Marcenaro-Gutierrez, Associate Professor at the Department of Statistics and Econometrics at the University of Malaga, is based on in-depth opinion polling conducted by British market research firm Populus.

Said Prof Dolton: “An evaluation of teacher status can provide valuable insight for both educationalists and governments to improve educational outcomes. Furthermore, a global comparison may highlight trends and similarities across countries that can be evaluated to aid educational reforms.”

The results show major differences across countries in the way teachers are perceived by the public, for example teachers in China enjoy a high perceived status and teachers in Israel at the other end experiencing the lowest status, Prof Dolton said.

“This informs who decides to become a teacher in each country, how they are respected and how they are financially rewarded. Ultimately, this affects the kind of job they do in teaching our children,” he added.

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Re: Teachers in Singapore more respected than in Finland, UK

Postby dimsum » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:48 am

:? I am surprised by the survey results.

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Re: Teachers in Singapore more respected than in Finland, UK

Postby tutor_ng » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:27 am

I am surprised too!

Especially this part: "However, while Singaporeans thought highly of teachers in most regards, respondents believed that the fair wage for a teacher should be 14 per cent less than the average actual wage of US$37,144 (S$46,400), which was the highest among the nations in the study. In contrast, 95 per cent of the countries believed teachers’ pay should be more than the actual wage received."

Who did they survey actually? :roll: :shrug:

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Re: Teachers in Singapore more respected than in Finland, UK

Postby kevkevkaf » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:52 am

i am extremely surprised by the results. doesn't look this way anywhere i look

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Re: Teachers in Singapore more respected than in Finland, UK

Postby h3ngh3ngl4h » Fri Oct 04, 2013 11:55 am

I think there are portions of both side around. Its just that the bad experiences get amplified often.

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Re: Teachers in Singapore more respected than in Finland, UK

Postby Dreamaurora » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:07 pm

Hmm, according to the article:

Parents want their kids to become teachers.
Parents think teachers are overpaid.

Hmm, does not compute. Who the heck they surveyed anyway?

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Re: Teachers in Singapore more respected than in Finland, UK

Postby limlim » Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:58 pm

Dreamaurora wrote:Hmm, according to the article:

Parents want their kids to become teachers.
Parents think teachers are overpaid.

Hmm, does not compute. Who the heck they surveyed anyway?


Why not? who doesn't want an overpaid job?

:evil:

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Re: Teachers in Singapore more respected than in Finland, UK

Postby tutor_ng » Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:22 pm

limlim wrote:
Dreamaurora wrote:Hmm, according to the article:

Parents want their kids to become teachers.
Parents think teachers are overpaid.

Hmm, does not compute. Who the heck they surveyed anyway?


Why not? who doesn't want an overpaid job?

:evil:


I still fail to see why people believe that teaching is an overpaid job.

It is a job that does not end at 1pm or at 5pm, as most people think. When you come back from school, you continue to work till late at night, sometimes midnight or past that. When else do you think teachers find the time to mark your child's worksheets? When else do you think teachers find the time to plan the lessons for the next day? And this is after a long and tiring day at school where you face energetic and boisterous children both during lessons and CCAs, who no longer have as much respect towards the teachers as in the past. You barely have 5 - 6 hours of sleep before waking up at 6am to leave for school. This is a routine that is repeated almost every weekday. The only time you can have more than 6 hours of sleep is during weekend (which teachers with children might not even have the luxury of as they have to spend time with their own kids).

Some people think oh, but teachers have long long holidays! They fail to consider that teachers do not have annual leave and they are not allowed to just go on holidays anytime they want. The only time they can go for vacation is during June and December, which is the peak period and coincides with the highest price for plane tickets, hotel stay or tour price. Even if you stay at home, there are still work that you have to do during the holiday - preparation for the following year, remedial and supplementary classes (during June holidays), preparing worksheets, meetings during the first and last week, etc.

Let's not forget that teachers are given the responsibility of teaching your children. Teachers are the main driving force of the education system and teaching is the profession that creates all the other professions. Without our teachers, we wouldn't be where we are today, would we?

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Re: Teachers in Singapore more respected than in Finland, UK

Postby limlim » Fri Oct 04, 2013 1:54 pm

tutor_ng wrote:
limlim wrote:
Dreamaurora wrote:Hmm, according to the article:

Parents want their kids to become teachers.
Parents think teachers are overpaid.

Hmm, does not compute. Who the heck they surveyed anyway?


Why not? who doesn't want an overpaid job?

:evil:


I still fail to see why people believe that teaching is an overpaid job.


My comment nvr talked about teachers are overpaid worr..

I'm just replying to DA's comment on it doesn't compute..

A job is overpaid -> They want their kids to be overpaid employee..

Makes sense mah..

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Re: Teachers in Singapore more respected than in Finland, UK

Postby dimsum » Fri Oct 04, 2013 10:44 pm

tutor_ng wrote:.......
It is a job that does not end at 1pm or at 5pm, as most people think. When you come back from school, you continue to work till late at night, sometimes midnight or past that. When else do you think teachers find the time to mark your child's worksheets? When else do you think teachers find the time to plan the lessons for the next day? And this is after a long and tiring day at school where you face energetic and boisterous children both during lessons and CCAs, who no longer have as much respect towards the teachers as in the past. You barely have 5 - 6 hours of sleep before waking up at 6am to leave for school. This is a routine that is repeated almost every weekday. The only time you can have more than 6 hours of sleep is during weekend (which teachers with children might not even have the luxury of as they have to spend time with their own kids).

Some people think oh, but teachers have long long holidays! They fail to consider that teachers do not have annual leave and they are not allowed to just go on holidays anytime they want. The only time they can go for vacation is during June and December, which is the peak period and coincides with the highest price for plane tickets, hotel stay or tour price. Even if you stay at home, there are still work that you have to do during the holiday - preparation for the following year, remedial and supplementary classes (during June holidays), preparing worksheets, meetings during the first and last week, etc.

Let's not forget that teachers are given the responsibility of teaching your children. Teachers are the main driving force of the education system and teaching is the profession that creates all the other professions. Without our teachers, we wouldn't be where we are today, would we?


I am just puzzled. How come my teacher friend didn't complain to me before that she has to mark papers past mid-night. She even has time to take up some tuition assignments. And her performance appraisal was pretty good (promoted to HOD after a few years and also posted to MOE for few years).

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