In an unofficial move to cut costs, the Ministry of Education will get Primary School teachers to teach at least two subjects. Teachers will be forced to choose at least one of the four combinations: English/Maths, English/Social Studies, English/Science and Maths/Science.
This move follows the previous suggestion by MOE that schools will have to start charging carpark fees for teachers who park in the school compound.
With the increase in job scope, teachers are expected to work longer hours with increased work load and lesson quality may diminish as some teachers may be teaching subjects that are not their core strength. However the Ministry of Education claimed otherwise, saying that this will “free up time for teachers to plan richer and more engaging lessons”.
Mandarin language teachers appears to be excused from the dual-subject teaching policy, with a bulk of the Mandarin Teachers in Singapore being China-born Permanent Residents or new citizens. The two newly-appointed Education Ministers Ong Ye Kung and Ng Chee Meng could not be reached for comments.