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MOE provides support for teachers

The development of a country is intrinsically linked to the educational attainment of its citizens, which is why it is important for governments to invest in educational institutes and provide ample support to teachers. And this is exactly what the Singapore government, through the Ministry of Education (MOE), is doing to elevate the level of education of its citizens.

Steps Being Taken by MOE

Recently, an article was published on the steps that are being taken by MOE to enhance support for teachers. To increase the quality of education in schools, it is important for teachers to focus completely on teaching, instead of spending time on administrative matters. Therefore, MOE is providing allied educators, also known as AEDs, and administrative teams to schools. In addition, MOE is looking into various tools and technologies that can help teachers to take attendance and collect fees.

Apart from providing assistance to teachers, MOE is recruiting and training

MOE provides support for teachers

MOE provides support for teachers

teachers to reduce the student-teacher ratio in schools. It is a known fact that as the number of students per teacher decreases, the quality of education and a teacher’s attention that each student receives increases. According to Minister for Education Heng Swee Keat, MOE recruits and trains close to 2,500 new teachers every year and it has been doing so for the last ten years. Currently, the student-teacher ratio in primary schools is 18:1 whereas the ratio in secondary schools stands at 14:1, which is in line with the average figure published by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

To enhance the quality of education further, MOE has adopted needs-based approach for the allocation of resources. Resources such as well-trained teachers and budget are limited; hence, it is important to maximise the benefits of limited resources and this is possible through proper allocation of resources. The needs of one student are different from another; so, MOE is allocating more resources to students who are slow learners. Also, MOE understands that the enrolment of schools is not constant – some schools have low enrolment and some have high enrolment. Schools with high enrolment have sufficient resources, including funds, for educational programmes and co-curricular activities (CCAs). However, schools with low enrolment do not have sufficient funds or the right number of teachers to look into educational activities and CCAs. MOE, having identified these challenges faced by schools, will be looking into allocation of resources to schools that need them the most.


A teacher’s primary task is to teach students. So, if a teacher is burdened with other tasks such as taking attendance, collecting fees, and counselling, the quality of teaching could be affected. Therefore, MOE has provided schools with AEDs, who focus on tasks that are not related to teaching.

There are a total of 2,500 AEDs in Singapore and these AEDs provide social, emotional and behavioural support to students. AEDs also build rapport with students and help to build their self-confidence and self-esteem, which are essential for success. Students face immense pressure in this competitive world and some find it difficult to cope with the mounting pressures. This is where AEDs come in to save the day. They provide the necessary emotional support to students and help them to overcome challenges and obstacles instead of falling prey to them. So, schools under the umbrella of MOE do not simply provide teaching services but help in the overall development of a child.

Needs-Based System

Resources are limited whereas challenges are plenty. So, to ensure that each and every challenge that schools face is addressed properly, it is important for the proper allocation of resources, which is known as needs-based approach to resourcing. In needs-based approach, MOE assesses the needs of every school and identifies schools that require the most resources. Generally, schools with low enrolment do not have sufficient funds and the right number of teachers and these impede the overall development of a student. To ensure that students in low enrolment schools are not left behind, MOE is allocating more resources to these schools so that students enjoy a wider range of educational programmes and CCAs.

The learning curve of every student is different – some are quick learners and some are slow learners. To help slow learners, MOE will be deploying more teachers in levelling-up programmes so that the student-teacher ratio stands at 10:1 or below. Teachers need to spend more time with students who are slow learners, which is why MOE has identified the need for a low student-teacher ratio.

Impact of Educational Policy on Students

The provision of more support to teachers is definitely a boon for students. Parents send their children to schools to gain knowledge, develop their personalities, and become well-rounded individuals. And all these objectives can be attained with the recent developments in Singapore’s education sector. With the introduction of AEDs and administrative teams, teachers can focus on the job they have been trained to do – teach. And this will enhance the quality of teaching, which will in turn benefit the students. The allocation of tasks to different groups of individuals – teachers, AEDs, and administrative staff – will allow people to focus on tasks they do best. And this will increase the overall productivity of staff in schools, and the benefits will be passed on to the students.

In addition, schools will focus their efforts on not just teaching but the overall development of students. So, apart from gaining knowledge, students, especially those from low enrolment schools, can participate in educational programmes and co-curricular activities that will help in the development of their character and personalities. In today’s fast-paced world, where students spend most of their time in schools, counselling sessions, provided by AEDs, are deemed to be important in moulding a student and building his confidence to face the challenges of the competitive world.

Last but not least, the recent educational policy helps in elevating the level of education in the country by channelling resources to students who are slow learners. This way, MOE is ensuring that no student is left behind. Slow learners need more coaching and special attention, which will be given to them in classes where the student-teacher ratio is low.

Overall, the educational policy undertaken by MOE will prove to be beneficial not only to teachers but to students too. MOE’s efforts are targeted at students’ welfare and it is hoped that these steps will help raise educational attainment of the citizens and mould them into intelligent and confident individuals.


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