Flexible work arrangement for school staff

Published Date: 10 May 2021 09:00 PM

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Name and Constituency of Member of Parliament

Ms Nadia Ahmad Samdin, Ang Mo Kio GRC

Question

To ask the Minister for Education in light of the encouragement for employers to continue supporting their employees to work from home or adopt flexible working hours (a) whether there are efforts by all schools to support staff (especially administrative staff) to enable remote working, digital collaboration and flexible work; (b) whether this has been effective for schools in their day-to-day operations; and (c) what has been the response to such measures from staff.

Response

1. MOE aligns our workforce arrangements for teachers and staff with the workforce advisories issued by the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF), Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and Public Service Division (PSD).

2.With students attending school as per normal, teachers and school staff need to be physically present to support school operations and to ensure that the learning of our students is not disrupted.

3. The schools will exercise flexibility on work arrangement where operationally feasible. For example, school staff may be allowed to:

  • Report/leave at staggered hours if they have no lessons or duties assigned for the start/end of the school day; or
  • Work from home on a day where they have no physical classes or other assigned duties requiring their physical presence in school.

4. This arrangement has worked well for our schools and staff in balancing the need to meet the schools’ operating needs while providing flexibility in work arrangement where feasible.

5. To facilitate new ways of working and digital collaboration in schools, school staff are supported with suitable IT devices and tools, as well as resources on topics such as conducting lessons with students, meetings with colleagues or engaging parents using virtual platforms.

6. Our staff have generally adapted well to embracing new technologies in their work. For example, there have been many positive stories about our officers employing innovative pedagogies and leveraging digital tools to design and enhance students’ learning experiences, especially in the context of blended learning.

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