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Good pay, but unfair headcount for certain schools in certain departments. Time table can make or break your work week. Have long holidays, either students or colleagues or parents will drive you up the wall.
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Poor leaders but fulfilling job

Micromanaging leaders that do not have trust they KPs and teachers. Some have integrity issues. Students and job fulfillment is the plus point. Not for the faint hearted though. Pay seems good, but not good ebough for the hours and jobscope
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stressful, heavy workload and unrealistic expectations

Youve to be ready and prepared to juggle multiple roles and many hats. Unrealistic expectations on workload given and often have to work after official working hours as workload is never ending.
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Fun working environment

You get to help teenagers. There is a sense of fulfilment. Underpaid for the job that you do. Little work life balance as you have to mark during the school holidays.
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Good environment for some

you need to know what daily roles and responsibilities look like. untrained contract teaching provide good context but not the entire role of a teacher. keep an open mind and be proactive in your development.
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  • Inclusive work environment
  • Clear sense of purpose
  • Supportive environment
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  • Support from manager
  • Fair pay for job
  • Ability to meet personal goals

Stressful and overworked

Manpower is an issue in schools and you will get to work harder. More and more special needs children for you to handle. Kids these days have their own sets of needs. Prepare for many other duties where you will need to pack things home to mark. If workplace is supportive, you are lucky. There are a lot of mean middle managers with no EQ in many schools. These are the ambitious people who want to climb. School can be a toxic ground too. Be prepare for all these.


Sch holiday


Toxic middle managers with unpolished leadership, subjective ranking
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Hectic and stressful

Work is hectic. Apart from the anxiety to execute lessons well to different levels of classes, there are always administrative tasks, markings and lesson preparations to be done daily. You can be having extra classes, curricular activities, special guidance meetings, professional development tasks and department collaborations. Never a good idea to put work off for another day. If you have colleagues who can work with you, then you are blessed. However, there are many who unwittingly assume a more competitive stand as work appraisal becomes a domineering factor. Pay is good though.


Fulfilling career, good pay


High expectation, stressful
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Love working with children. However managing expectations of teachers and school leaders can be difficult. Days can be long or short depending how the school leaders are about policies.
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Inspirational, Dedicated Management

Heart work is put in by all from top-down, very hardworking bosses and co-workers, minimal to no politics (at least in my department), work-life balance may be an issue in some departments
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Great colleagues but lack of transparency

Very stable job. Iron rice bowl but heavy workload and teachers constantly feel overwhelmed. no transparency in the appraisal system and you are pitted against other colleagues
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Meaningful but easy to burn out

Depends on your school and how well the school leaders supports you. Meaningful job as you are in the ecosystem to mould young minds. In the beginning, more effort needed to build your own resources


Structured pathway


Long hours for lesson planning
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Fun space but long hours

Working in schools mean a great opportunity to interact with students. Goals at MOE are clearly spelt out and you may meet likeminded creative people.


Staff Welfare Team creates niche activities on a monthly basis


Long hours. You just have to learn to take care of yourself.
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Stressful work but good for portfolio

Work starts immediately from day 1 and you are thrown into the deep end to figure things out, overtime is expected and during peak periods often see colleagues have no time to eat lunch outside


18 days leave, gym in-house, pay is not bad


Overtime until 12am+ sometimes, no guidance from seniors
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Nurturing and non-competitive environment

At least among my colleagues and in my department, the vibe was quite caring and nurturing, with our department's boss frequently asking about our well-being or how we are doing. However, the work is quite bureaucratic and slow-paced.
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meaningful place to be in, you get to learn about the different dynamics behind each individual student in school. management is ok, systematic and standardized.
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Purposeful but politics

Colleagues are in general student-oriented however, chasms in the system tends to hinder the further development of lessons/students that serves to deepen the divide between colleagues who continue to strive to push for youth development and those who accepted that the uphill battle might not be a change that will come in their time/tenure of service
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8 years with no promotion

Till today, I ask myself what was not enough that I didn’t get promoted after 7 years in the company. I know what I’ve done and what I could offer the school. Middle management wasn’t helpful at all. Didn’t put in the effort to find out what I really do in school.


Get to enjoy long holidays. School holidays of 2 months and 2 weeks.


Recognition and rewards
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Yes, it is a productive workplace.

I have enjoyed myself as a teacher in all of the schools that I have taught at. I love the children whom I have the luck to teach. They bring joy to my life. They would walk me back to my flat at times. Some of the children live near and around the schools that I taught. Teaching has been a pleasure for me. ❤️


The children are a pleasure to teach.


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Satisfaction teaching pupils holistically. Always reflecting and finding innovative ways to teach. School has great management, respect each other and good collaboration and team work.


School holidays


The usuals teachers face everyday.
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Teachers wear many hats

As a teacher, you’re expected to do a lot more than just teaching. The teaching part makes up about 50% of your workload. Be prepared to plan events, make purchases, be in charge of CCAs, schedule enrichments and more
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Altruistic Environment for altruistic people to thrive.

The job and the work may misalign with those who are only in it for the money. If your passion lies in moulding the future of the nation. No tasks are hard to overcome.


School holidays protected time
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Based on 212 reviews

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3.4 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.7 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
3.7 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
3.4 out of 5 stars for Management
3.5 out of 5 stars for Culture

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