In my last blog, I highlighted some common misconceptions about recruitment in Singapore – that teachers there have a much higher status than teachers in England, and that they require applicants to have higher qualifications than we do. Here I’ll lay out what actually explains Singapore’s impressive application figures (about eight applicants for every place) and speculate on whether we could do the same.
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Teaching is a competitive career in Singapore; about eight candidates apply for every place. Governments of other countries are naturally jealous. Wouldn’t it be great, they think, if we could be that picky, and only accept people with the brains and the initiative to do the job well, rather than falling over our feet to offer a teaching job to anyone with a Maths degree.
Lucy Crehan - a teacher and education explorer.