Allied educators in schools

Glad Leon Perera asked this Parliamentary Question (PQ). It arose after my conversation with a teacher during house visits in Fengshan. This teacher voiced concern that the number of classroom teaching assistants was being reduced. I was surprised to hear this and decided to look deeper into the issue together with my colleagues from The Workers’ Party. It resulted in Leon‘s PQ. He didn’t just stop when he got the initial answer, but continued to press the Parl Sec for the detailed numbers.

This highlights the value of the ground feedback we receive from residents. If you meet our MPs and volunteers when they drop by your place during house visits, please raise up such issues of concern to us so we can bring them to Parliament for debate. We work as one #TeamWP to be your voice in Parliament!

(TLDR: There are 4 categories of AEDs. The headcount in one of the categories, AED (Teaching and Learning), is indeed being reduced while those in the other 3 categories is being increased.)

Parliamentary Question by Leon Perera, on numbers of Allied Educators

Citing perceptions on the ground, Leon Perera asked if the Allied Educator (AED) Teaching and Learning staff numbers were being reduced, or whether the Government intends to do so. (28 February 2020)Vid Credit: CNA

Posted by The Workers' Party on Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Video credit: CNA

Author: Gerald Giam

Gerald Giam was a Non-Constituency Member of Parliament from 2011-2015. He is a member of the Workers' Party of Singapore and currently runs a technology consultancy which he co-founded. The opinions expressed on this page are his alone. Published by The Workers' Party, 701 Geylang Road, #04-02 Teambuild Centre, Singapore 389687