29 Jul '11, 12am

Meet a rare breed: The male pre-school teacher

Meet a rare breed: The male pre-school teacher

SINGAPORE: In the woman-dominated industry of pre-school educators, Mr Patrick Magno - who teaches at Kinderland - is a rarity. But the situation is gradually changing, according to pre-school operators. NTUC First Campus, which operates more than 90 childcare centres in Singapore, now has seven male pre-school teachers. Three years ago, it had none. According to a spokesperson, six of these male teachers were mid-career switchers who came on board after an in-house scheme was introduced to encourage people to join the industry. Its training arm sees about 10 male trainees every year. The PAP Community Foundation (PCF) kindergarten centres have about 12 male teachers, while private operators such as EtonHouse and Kinderland employ a handful. Said a PCF spokesperson: "We believe that male teachers are able to complement the role played by female teachers, just like in a fam...

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