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Can Singapore citizens work in International Schools in Singapore?

Post by doitenah » Thu, 23 Jul 2020 1:06 pm

Hi all,

I am currently building my career to end up teaching at an International School in Singapore, and have noticed that most International Schools employ Caucasian expats. Is there a particular reason for this, such as a limitation on Singapore citizens working in international schools?

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Re: Can Singapore citizens work in International Schools in Singapore?

Post by abbby » Fri, 24 Jul 2020 6:23 pm

I believe they are encouraged to hire more Singaporeans for jobs in Singapore. If you have the relevant teaching experience or related experience, it shouldn't be an issue.
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Re: Can Singapore citizens work in International Schools in Singapore?

Post by sundaymorningstaple » Fri, 24 Jul 2020 6:29 pm

They are probably loathe to hire locals as they don't want their students learning singlish.

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Re: Can Singapore citizens work in International Schools in Singapore?

Post by PNGMK » Fri, 24 Jul 2020 6:53 pm

doitenah wrote:
Thu, 23 Jul 2020 1:06 pm
Hi all,

I am currently building my career to end up teaching at an International School in Singapore, and have noticed that most International Schools employ Caucasian expats. Is there a particular reason for this, such as a limitation on Singapore citizens working in international schools?
There are a couple barriers to hiring in Singaporeans into the FSS (Foreign School System).

1. Accreditation. In order to award valid high school diplomas that are accepted at overseas universities you need to have teachers, curriculum advisers, counselors and sometimes admin (principals) who are accredited and certified into that system. I don't see the local universities churning out teachers certified to teach AP, IB, HSC (Australia) or Ottawa curriculm. That means these teachers have to be recruited from overseas.

2. Racism. Your post implied the FSS is racist. It's not at all IME. There are a lot of Singaporeans working in the FSS but usually in positions where they don't need accreditation or they have gained such by working overseas. Trust me the FSS would love to fire all their overpaid expat teachers and replace them with locals!

3. To work in the FSS (and I'll just focus on the American system) you'll need to be licensed or certified by a US state as a teacher. How will you get that qual? (Hint: you can sometimes get most of it done online).

4. Finally - Being hired by the FSS does not mean you'll be paid the same as a the expats! You'll be paid - as many expats are - on a local hire basis. To get a housing allowance, go home allowance etc you need to be hired from a remote location and brought into Singapore. Many expats locally recruited (for example spouses on DP's) are only paid local packages. In the case of my spouse ~7k pm for a HS math teacher with decades of experience, a TX state teachers licence and a masters in Education (that brings an extra 1,000 pm).
I not lawyer/teacher/CPA.
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Re: Can Singapore citizens work in International Schools in Singapore?

Post by tiktok » Sat, 25 Jul 2020 3:07 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
Fri, 24 Jul 2020 6:29 pm
They are probably loathe to hire locals as they don't want their students learning singlish.
I'd prefer my kids speaking singlish than sounding like Trump.
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Re: Can Singapore citizens work in International Schools in Singapore?

Post by PNGMK » Sat, 25 Jul 2020 3:48 pm

Oh it's on again.
I not lawyer/teacher/CPA.
You've been arrested? Law Society of Singapore can provide referrals.
You want an International School job? School website or http://www.ISS.edu
Your rugrat needs a School? Avoid for profit schools
You need Tax advice? Ask a CPA
You ran away without doing NS? Shame on you!

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