19 Jan '11, 12am

MOE to hire more mother tongue teachers

SINGAPORE - When it comes to recruiting new Mother Tongue Language (MTL) teachers, preference will be given to local teachers as "there's a culture and ethos", as Education Minister Ng Eng Hen put it. But as the Ministry of Education (MOE) ramps up hiring of these teachers - to support the changes to the curriculum - Dr Ng yesterday did not rule out the possibility of tapping on foreign sources. Said Dr Ng: "We're realistic. If we can't get them (here), we may get some from overseas." MOE plans to deploy 500 Mother Tongue Language teachers - mostly to primary schools - by 2015. The latest recruitment efforts come on the back of a step-up already seen in the past three years, with the addition of about 400 Chinese Language teachers, 80 Malay Language teachers and 20 Tamil Language teachers. Currently, 5 per cent of the 6,666 MTL teachers are foreigners. There are 50 scholar...

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