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Chan Chun Sing on helping teachers cope with 'exceptional demands' during COVID-19 pandemic

Teachers do not have to reply to work emails after office hours unless there is an urgent need to do so. There are clear expectations on when teachers are available to reduce the blurring of lines between work and personal time. There are also "surgical breaks" for teachers to take a breather and recharge. Education Minister Chan Chun Sing highlighted these measures to support the mental well-being of teachers, as they cope with the "exceptional demands" during the COVID-19 pandemic. Replying to Parliamentary questions on Tuesday (Nov 2), he said there has been an increase in the number of teaching staff seeking counselling support. He said the Education Ministry has stepped up efforts to promote a positive and supportive work environment. These include shelving certain courses and programmes, adjusting the schedules for new programmes, giving schools the flexibility to decide on when they want to roll out initiatives like blended learning, leveraging technology to enable teachers to do more, and sharing good practices on the design and delivery of online lessons.  *Audio issues inherent from source

Chan Chun Sing on helping teachers cope with 'exceptional demands' during COVID-19 pandemic

02 Nov 2021 11:00am

Teachers do not have to reply to work emails after office hours unless there is an urgent need to do so. There are clear expectations on when teachers are available to reduce the blurring of lines between work and personal time. There are also "surgical breaks" for teachers to take a breather and recharge. Education Minister Chan Chun Sing highlighted these measures to support the mental well-being of teachers, as they cope with the "exceptional demands" during the COVID-19 pandemic. Replying to Parliamentary questions on Tuesday (Nov 2), he said there has been an increase in the number of teaching staff seeking counselling support. He said the Education Ministry has stepped up efforts to promote a positive and supportive work environment. These include shelving certain courses and programmes, adjusting the schedules for new programmes, giving schools the flexibility to decide on when they want to roll out initiatives like blended learning, leveraging technology to enable teachers to do more, and sharing good practices on the design and delivery of online lessons. 

*Audio issues inherent from source

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