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Old 04-01-2019, 09:14 AM   #3331
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Thank you very much for sharing origamimosa! Did she give an indication whether it was in Jan or in Feb?
Hope it doesn’t clash with the time you are away!
The lady did not specify the month but she did say a few weeks to get things in order for me, if my paperwork are in order. However, I have learned to take their word with a HUGE pinch of salt after “4-7 weeks” of response time turned into 6months! Haha! FYI, there is another round of interview that will happen in March so they might actually lump the 2018 applicants with the new applicants. 😞😞😥😥
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Old 04-01-2019, 09:25 AM   #3332
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The lady did not specify the month but she did say a few weeks to get things in order for me, if my paperwork are in order. However, I have learned to take their word with a HUGE pinch of salt after “4-7 weeks” of response time turned into 6months! Haha! FYI, there is another round of interview that will happen in March so they might actually lump the 2018 applicants with the new applicants. 😞😞😥😥
What do you mean they will lump the applicants together?! And why?! Are we going to be considered in competition with newer shortlisted candidates? 😮
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Old 04-01-2019, 10:24 AM   #3333
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What do you mean they will lump the applicants together?! And why?! Are we going to be considered in competition with newer shortlisted candidates? 😮
I do not mean to instill fear and more worry, I am only speculating that they might lump the applications together just like how they lumped the July 2018 batch with Oct 2018 batch. It could be a demand/supply situation.

I have friends who have gotten their letter of offer and are starting their contract teaching next month but were in the Oct batch whereas my application is still at a standstill, and I am from July batch.

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Old 04-01-2019, 11:41 AM   #3334
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Sigh. Is it because of the difference in subjects? Really wonder what their process is like. 😰😰😰.

My sister who is a teacher was telling me that they are over-staffed at moe level but understaffed in schools. Maybe they are “unloading” those on unpaid leave etc first 😂

Have you done your medical btw?

I do not mean to instill fear and more worry, I am only speculating that they might lump the applications together just like how they lumped the July 2018 batch with Oct 2018 batch. It could be a demand/supply situation.

I have friends who have gotten their letter of offer and are starting their contract teaching next month but were in the Oct batch whereas my application is still at a standstill, and I am from July batch.
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Old 04-01-2019, 11:54 AM   #3335
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Sigh. Is it because of the difference in subjects? Really wonder what their process is like. 😰😰😰.

My sister who is a teacher was telling me that they are over-staffed at moe level but understaffed in schools. Maybe they are “unloading” those on unpaid leave etc first 😂

Have you done your medical btw?
My friends that are starting their contract teaching soon teach a myriad of differing subjects such as pri art, sec Eng/lit and sec POA. I have not done my medical!
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Old 04-01-2019, 06:29 PM   #3336
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What do you mean they will lump the applicants together?! And why?! Are we going to be considered in competition with newer shortlisted candidates? 😮
Hey, did you receive any news?
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Old 05-01-2019, 09:17 AM   #3337
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Omg. That’s such a Long wait!!!

My friends that are starting their contract teaching soon teach a myriad of differing subjects such as pri art, sec Eng/lit and sec POA. I have not done my medical!
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Old 05-01-2019, 12:22 PM   #3338
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Would anyone know about the T&C regarding maternity leave and anything pertaining to getting/being pregnant during the contract teaching time or during PGDE studies? The deferment period, perhaps?

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Old 05-01-2019, 08:42 PM   #3339
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Would anyone know about the T&C regarding maternity leave and anything pertaining to getting/being pregnant during the contract teaching time or during PGDE studies? The deferment period, perhaps?
If I'm not wrong if you're pregnant during yr contract stint, u will still get yr maternity leave benefits - u will be paid while on maternity lv BUT if u are in NIE & started yr PGDE course & u get pregnant & need to go on maternity, u will be on no pay leave & may have to repeat the whole course, it depends on when u go for maternity, eg if end of term 1 then I guess u will have cleared term 1 already but again I may be wrong. I recall during the start of our PGDE briefing, the Asst Dean of PGDE course were saying that ladies who intend to go on maternity, pls consult his office to discuss the timing as trainees will be place on NoPayLv & this will hv an impact on both yr studies (graduation) as well as yr finances.

So better to go on maternity during yr contract as u will be covered.
To confirm this, u may want to email Asst Dean of PGDE programme Dr Eddie Chong <eddy.chong@nie.edu.sg>
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Old 06-01-2019, 12:07 AM   #3340
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If I'm not wrong if you're pregnant during yr contract stint, u will still get yr maternity leave benefits - u will be paid while on maternity lv BUT if u are in NIE & started yr PGDE course & u get pregnant & need to go on maternity, u will be on no pay leave & may have to repeat the whole course, it depends on when u go for maternity, eg if end of term 1 then I guess u will have cleared term 1 already but again I may be wrong. I recall during the start of our PGDE briefing, the Asst Dean of PGDE course were saying that ladies who intend to go on maternity, pls consult his office to discuss the timing as trainees will be place on NoPayLv & this will hv an impact on both yr studies (graduation) as well as yr finances.

So better to go on maternity during yr contract as u will be covered.
To confirm this, u may want to email Asst Dean of PGDE programme Dr Eddie Chong <eddy.chong@nie.edu.sg>
Thank you so much for the information! This is extremely helpful! 😊😊
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Old 08-01-2019, 03:53 PM   #3341
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PE teacher is best position as MOE teacher

Same pay as other subject teachers

Got better chance of doing projects becoz that takes a lot of time and seriously, only PE teacher got time after school everyday

All other subjects, teacher need to spend a lot of time to do marking and lesson planning, admin etc

PE lesson planning is much more straightforward, mainly to gather equipment and settle logistics

While Mgmt will of course do their magic and ensure that all teachers put in a lot of work to be worth their monthly salary, performance bonus and year end 13th month

Still, PE teacher’s workload is less stressful than other subject teachers

Likewise, art and music teachers are the same as PE teachers

That’s why teachers who resign are mostly English, Math and Science teachers

If mother tongue teachers resign, they do it becoz they have better income giving enrichment or tuition classes


I have colleagues who do not even have sports background being accepted as PE teachers. I myself am not from a sports degree programme but I've playing sports and coaching most of my adult life. I'm thankful to have been accepted.

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Old 08-01-2019, 04:34 PM   #3342
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From my understanding, PE Teacher needs to take up additional 1 or 2 subjects apart from PE.


PE teacher is best position as MOE teacher

Same pay as other subject teachers

Got better chance of doing projects becoz that takes a lot of time and seriously, only PE teacher got time after school everyday

All other subjects, teacher need to spend a lot of time to do marking and lesson planning, admin etc

PE lesson planning is much more straightforward, mainly to gather equipment and settle logistics

While Mgmt will of course do their magic and ensure that all teachers put in a lot of work to be worth their monthly salary, performance bonus and year end 13th month

Still, PE teacher’s workload is less stressful than other subject teachers

Likewise, art and music teachers are the same as PE teachers

That’s why teachers who resign are mostly English, Math and Science teachers

If mother tongue teachers resign, they do it becoz they have better income giving enrichment or tuition classes
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Old 08-01-2019, 06:49 PM   #3343
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Sharing my timeline in case anyone needs it in future:
Intake: 2018/19
17 july - interview
Mid nov - EPT
End nov - asked to go for medical
Early dec - EPT result
Second week of jan - received my offer letter via email.

Long wait, but worth it

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Old 08-01-2019, 08:32 PM   #3344
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Congrats! This was in 2018/2019? Yours is pgde?

Sharing my timeline in case anyone needs it in future:
17 july - interview
Mid nov - EPT
End nov - asked to go for medical
Early dec - EPT result
Second week of jan - received my offer letter via email.

Long wait, but worth it
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Old 08-01-2019, 09:31 PM   #3345
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Sharing my timeline in case anyone needs it in future:
17 july - interview
Mid nov - EPT
End nov - asked to go for medical
Early dec - EPT result
Second week of jan - received my offer letter via email.

Long wait, but worth it
Congratulations! Do you start contract teaching in Feb or in June?
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