Serving teachers in various General Education Officer (GEO) and Senior Education Officer (SEO) grades are set to get an increment of 4 to 9 per cent in their monthly salaries, announced the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Tuesday (Aug 18).
Up to 30,000 serving Education Officers (EO) are eligible in this round of salary adjustments, it added.
An annual Special EO Payment for all trained EOs will also be introduced as a form of recognition for EOs, said MOE. The sum of S$500 to S$700 in cash will be paid out each September from 2016, and will replace the current Learning and Development Scheme.
The announcements are part of a new Education Scheme of Service (EDUN) set to be implemented from Oct 1, and replaces the EDUN (2008). Under the new EDUN (2015) scheme, salary components for both graduate and non-graduate classroom teachers will now be similar, said MOE.
For example, the CONNECT plan – MOE’s long-term incentive plan for EOs – will no longer be differentiated between graduates and non-graduates, while non-graduate classroom teachers will also progress and be remunerated along the same salary structure as their graduate peers.
However, graduate and non-graduate officers will continue to be recruited at different starting point and salaries, reflecting the market practice, said MOE. Previously, newly recruited teachers had separate salary structures according to their qualifications until they took on leadership or senior teaching positions.
The Allied Educators Scheme for Allied Educators (AEDs) will also be similarly enhanced. The graduate and non-graduate salary structures for AEDs will be merged by April 2016, while AEDs will get a 5 per cent increase in their monthly salaries from Oct 1, 2015.
Up to 800 AEDs will be eligible for this round of salary adjustments, said MOE.
The ministry added that these changes are in line with SkillsFuture’s direction to place more emphasis on recognising employee’s skills and competencies beyond academic qualifications.
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