Teachers not quitting due to workload

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Workload is not commonly cited as a reason for teachers leaving the service, said Minister of State for Education Janil Puthucheary in Parliament yesterday.

"The main reasons for resignations range from family considerations such as childcare, to a desire for a change of job," said Dr Puthucheary.

He also gave figures on the resignation rate of teachers, in response to questions posed by Non-Constituency MP Daniel Goh and Aljunied GRC MP Muhamad Faisal Abdul Manap.

The overall resignation rate for the entire teacher population is 2 to 3 per cent a year over the past decade.

But for teachers with five or less years of experience, MOE sees a slightly higher overall resignation rate - at about 3 to 4 per cent a year.

There would be an uptick in the resignation rate to about 5 per cent when the teacher's bond ends.

Dr Puthucheary added that MOE is mindful of the high expectations of teachers, and has put in place measures to support and guide schools in work allocation.

He said: "Schools also regularly review work areas that can be stopped if they are no longer relevant or meaningful, simplified to reduce duplication and optimise efforts, as well as share good practices to improve work management."