'48 hours? It's longer than that’, say teachers
Teachers here say OECD survey does not reflect their work week
Published on Jun 27, 2014 6:28 AM
Teachers in Singapore have criticised an international survey which found that they clock an average of 48 hours a week, saying they put in at least that amount.
The Straits Times spoke to 10 teachers, all of whom said the findings of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) - a Paris-based group of developed or developing countries - did not accurately reflect their typical day.
They said schooldays start as early as 6am and end 10 to 12 hours later - meaning at least 50 working hours a week.
Most of this time is spent teaching while the extra hours are filled with marking and necessary administrative work, including organising school activities.
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How teachers spend their time:
ON THE JOB
ELSEWHERE: 38 hours a week
IN SINGAPORE: 48 hours a week
ELSEWHERE: 3 hours
IN SINGAPORE: 5 hours
ELSEWHERE: 5 hours
IN SINGAPORE: 9 hours
Administrative duties of teachers
- Planning school events such as camps, overseas trips, excursions and concerts.
- Liaising with external vendors and conducting reviews of events.
- Taking charge of co-curricular activities, such as accompanying students for competitions.
- Taking students' daily attendance records and generating reports.
- Conducting risk assessments of students' outdoor activities.
- Tracking students' progress, including their academic grades and other areas of development.
- Communicating with parents and superiors.
- Handling paperwork.