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Younger teachers can take up Senior Teacher appointments


Excerpt of Speech by Education Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam on 7 Feb 2005

“…we are introducing several refinements to give greater recognition and better development opportunities for our officers in the Teaching Track from April this year.
a) ST Appointment
“First, the Ministry will allow more experienced teachers to take up Senior Teacher appointments, without the need to be promoted to the SEO1 substantive grade.
"This is a similar arrangement to that on the leadership track, where officers can be appointed as Heads of Department, Subject Heads, or Level Heads after sufficient years of experience and exposure in our schools.
"Teachers will of course still go through accreditation to be appointed as a Senior Teacher. This enhancement will provide younger officers with an opportunity to make significant contributions and build up their portfolios of experience earlier in their careers.
b) ST Responsibility Allowance
“With this refinement, Schools will be able to appoint younger teachers to Senior Teacher positions where they have developed and demonstrated the necessary teaching capabilities and are keen to contribute more broadly on the teaching track.
"Like officers on the Leadership Track, GEO teachers who are appointed to Senior Teacher positions will receive an allowance in recognition of the larger responsibilities that they have taken on.
c) ST Positions for Open Posting
“In addition, schools can also advertise their Senior Teacher vacancies using the open posting framework for teachers. This is a win-win-win situation for schools, teachers and students.
"For the schools, the open system allows them to attract a wider pool of candidates, with greater likelihood of a good match for the school’s needs.
“For the teachers, this will give them greater control over their careers. Senior Teachers will now have the additional option of sharing their expertise in a new school, which can give them opportunities for further professional development. Students on their part will benefit from a leveling up of teacher expertise and skills over time, with the greater mobility of outstanding teachers across schools.
“In addition, classroom teachers can apply to be considered for appointment to Senior Teacher positions, in their own or other schools, under the open posting framework. This gives teachers more options in planning their careers…”

Full Text of Speech

Source: Ministry of Education Press Release 7 Feb 2005


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