Hi Mr Gilbert,
So let me share something with you. I hope it will get some attention as it is my own plight with the government.
Yes, many would say why bother to sign an agreement when the terms will ultimately go drastically against you.
My family was overjoyed when my second daughter got accepted to become a trainee teacher right after her ‘O’ levels, especially that she is a Normal Academic student.
She did very well in the GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations — she has achieved credits for all six subjects.
She struggled in the polytechnic, but her hard work paid off as she passed with flying colours.
Well, everyone thought the worst was over.
Since she managed to score better results in the NIE, one would think that she’d certainly pass her teaching practicum (a formality before starting the job, for most).
However, this was not to be.
My daughter failed both practicums.
She did worse in the second one…
What puzzled me is this: it was so close when she did the first practicum, so how come she did worse for the second one?
When I asked her about this, my daughter told me that there was no real proper coaching offered so she wasn’t aware of her mistakes.
From MOE’s point of view, coaching is about writing a report on the findings, but never a face-to-face session.
To make matters worse, when my daughter was tested right after she resumed her second practicum, she was “thrown into the deepest section of the pool”.
It feels as though they’ve been planning for her to fail, rather than helping her to earn the certification.
MOE ceased paying her salary right after she failed the first practicum. On top of that, she paid $700 to NIE for the second practicum assessment.
Even this doesn’t bother me anymore.
The main problem is that my daughter has to pay MOE around $76K – because failing equates to breaking the bond.
My daughter is a diligent person. Who knew that this can happen to her?
Worse still, the diploma that my daughter received from this course is worthless in the job market. Even though she continues to put in job applications every week, she is still unemployed.
She has one job interview, though, it requires her to handle pork meat everyday — which is not suitable for Muslims.
MOE asked my daughter how much can she pay for the monthly installment. She put in $50 because really, how can an unemployed person afford to pay anything at all?
Thank you, Mr Gilbert.
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