Friday, October 4, 2013

S'pore's Highest Paid Teachers

There is a new study out this October that ranks the status of teachers in various countries. It’s called the “Global Teacher Status Index ” and is published by the Varkey GEMS Foundation. The data was collected by the polling company Populous, which used a web based survey (WBS) instead of a conventional face-to-face (F2F) approach because, amongst other considerations, WBS is cheaper and faster. The Global Teacher Status index is the world's first comprehensive attempt to compare the status of teachers across the world.

According to the findings, teachers in the United States are paid considerably more than people estimate. They are also paid more than people think of as a fair amount.  The only other countries polled that think that teachers are paid more than they deserve in the survey are Japan, France, Singapore, South Korea, China and Egypt.

Singapore ranked 7th in the Teacher Status Index, with a score of 46.3. Apparently only a small percentage of Singaporeans believed children don't respect teachers, despite horror stories of pedophiles being awarded Ministry of Education scholarships, and school principals jailed for proclivities for under aged online prostitutes.

On the other hand, the majority of respondents believed that the fair wage for a teacher should be below what they are actually paid. As a matter of fact, they believed the teachers are overpaid by as much as 14 percent, since the average "qualifying teacher wage" of US$37,144 (S$46,400) is the highest among the all the nations in the study ("qualifying teacher wage" in USA is US$25,770). At least that's consistent, our prime minister is the highest paid among all the nations in the world.

It is no wonder that four in five respondents here — the fifth-highest proportion among the 21 nations surveyed — said they would encourage their children to pursue a career in teaching. Which parent wouldn't shove their kids in the direction of the big bucks? It looks all the money invested in private tuition may pay off after all.


  1. Did the survey include "mentors" who seem to multply with each succession? They would be the envy of the world.

  2. They are overpaid if their common refrain is that your child needs help at PTMs, which is rather common. And it also seems that they are allowed to moonlight a certain number of hours after work. So taxpayers are paying them to undergo OJT and preparing for more lucrative jobs as tutors. Many of them are in for the no pay leave and maternity benefits, not to teach.

  3. Teachers does it with class.

  4. I respect our school teachers.

  5. Singaporean teachers are the highest paid among 21 countries according to the study, earning an average annual salary of US$45,755, ahead of the United States' US$44,917 and South Korea's US$43,874. Let's pray that they are not in just for the money.