Adjunct teachers need recognition

The Ministry of Education (MOE) is right to raise the pay of teachers and allied educators ("Pay rise for teachers and boost for non-grads among them"; Wednesday).

However, adjunct teachers who are currently supplementing the supply of teachers seem to have been left out of this exercise. These adjunct teachers are dedicated and continue to play an active role in the teaching profession.

I urge the MOE to consider raising the pay of these teachers, who largely have decided to continue contributing to the profession even after retirement. Their past and continued contributions should be duly recognised.

Another plus point about the latest announcement is the merging of the pay structures of graduate and non-graduate teachers as, fundamentally, both perform the same teaching role.

Rajasegaran Ramasamy

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 22, 2015, with the headline 'Adjunct teachers need recognition'. Print Edition | Subscribe