Enhancements to the Education and Allied Educators Schemes of Service

Published Date: 18 August 2015 12:00 AM

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Changes in line with SkillsFuture’s direction to place more emphasis on recognising employees’ skills and competencies beyond academic qualifications

1. Teachers are at the core of delivering a student-centric, values-driven education for our schools, as they play a key role in equipping our children with core values, social and emotional competencies and cross-cultural skills that are critical for development of character and citizenship, as well as 21st Century Competencies. These competencies underpin the holistic education that our schools provide to better prepare our students for the future. The work of our teachers is also supported by our Allied Educators (AEDs), who play an important role in managing the counselling and special education needs of our children in schools, and in some aspects of teaching and learning.

Single Salary Structure for Education Officers from 1 October 2015

2. In line with SkillsFuture’s direction to place more emphasis on recognising employees’ skills and competencies beyond academic qualifications, the Ministry of Education (MOE) has, over the past year, reviewed the salary structure of the Education Scheme of Service.

3. Currently, graduate and non-graduate classroom teachers are recruited and remunerated on separate salary structures due to the difference in their academic qualifications. However, for experienced non-graduate teachers who progress to take on leadership or senior teaching positions, MOE has been remunerating them on the same salary structure as their graduate peers.

4. From 1 October 2015, a new Education Scheme of Service [EDUN (2015)] will be implemented. Under EDUN (2015), the salary components for all graduate and non-graduate Education Officers (EOs) will be similar. For instance, the long-term incentive plan for EOs, i.e. the CONNECT Plan, will no longer be differentiated between graduate and non-graduate EOs, as all EOs on the EDUN (2015) will receive the same CONNECT Plan quanta drawn by graduate EOs today. Non-graduate classroom teachers will also progress and be remunerated along the same salary structure as their graduate peers.

5. All in-service EOs on the existing Education Scheme of Service [i.e. EDUN (2008)] will be transited to EDUN (2015) from 1 October 2015. New EOs will also be recruited on EDUN (2015). Nevertheless, graduate and non-graduate EOs will continue to be recruited at different starting points and salaries, reflecting market practice.

Salary Adjustments for Education Officers from 1 October 2015

6. As part of the holistic review of the Education Scheme of Service, MOE will be implementing salary adjustments for EOs on 1 October 2015 to ensure that their overall salary packages keep pace with the market. This is to signal the importance we place on teaching as a profession, and show our commitment in attracting and retaining quality teachers.

7. The serving EOs in various General Education Officer (GEO) and Senior Education Officer (SEO) grades will receive a 4% to 9% increase in their monthly salaries. Up to 30,000 serving EOs will be eligible in this round of salary adjustments.

8. MOE will also be introducing an annual Special EO Payment (SEP) for all trained EOs, which will replace the current Learning and Development Scheme (LDS). The SEP, which will be paid out each September from 2016, will be from $500 to $700 in cash, and serves as a form of recognition for EOs.

Single Salary Structure and Salary Adjustments for Allied Educators

9. MOE will also be enhancing the Allied Educators Scheme to better recognise our AEDs. Similar to changes to the Education Scheme of Service, MOE will be merging the graduate and non-graduate salary structures for the Allied Educators Scheme. This is targeted for implementation in April 2016, with details to be announced nearer the date. MOE will also be implementing salary adjustments for AEDs on 1 October 2015. The serving AEDs in various grades will receive a 5% increase in their monthly salaries. Up to 800 serving AEDs will be eligible for this round of salary adjustments.

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