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More switch jobs to become teachers

They make up quarter of teachers; more than half are older than 40 and 70% are women

Published on Feb 9, 2014 7:44 AM

More working adults are choosing to make the switch to teaching, and school principals say they welcome their arrival.

The proportion of mid-career teachers has grown from 15 per cent of the teaching force in 2002 to nearly 25 per cent last year. There are now 33,000 teachers.

The proportion is even higher for recent hires. On average, 35 per cent of those hired in the last three years had at least three years of working experience, said the Education Ministry.

The top five areas they came from were other parts of the public service, tertiary and private education institutions, health and social services, the financial sector and manufacturing. About half were over 40 years old when they switched to teaching and close to 70 per cent are women.

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Intangible reward

"If you are entering the teaching fraternity as a retirement plan, this is not the place to be. But if you love children and have their welfare at heart, then give it a try. It will be very rewarding."

MS DIANA TOH, on becoming a teacher