(Is it ok if I call you Al? I grew up listening to Paul Simon's Graceland for some reason, and have always wanted to call someone Al)
Anyway, I know this is kinda late, but I've just read about the whole debacle about you being terminated from your relief teaching post at East View Secondary by the MOE. I am a teacher employed by the MOE myself, (and have been for the past 4 years) and I teach in a neighbourhood school in the west, and to me, it is absolutely the best job that I could have ever taken on. Like you, I started off relief teaching for about a year and of course, like many out there, I am outraged at your dismissal. But I cannot say I am surprised. However, I did not want to write about how MOE hires or fires, I wanted to write about teaching.
1. Thank you for teaching our kids. They needed someone like you to come along in their lives.
2. You sound like a swell relief teacher, and I bet you were even better than some of the NIE-trained ones.
3. I hope you never give up on teaching Singaporean kids. It sounded, from your letter to the MOE, that you loved it and you lived it. Try it again, only not in MOE this time.
I would like to say that you have many silent supportors who are teachers out there, including myself. :)
I guess, what I want to say is 'thank you' for have such a brilliant mind, and wanting to share. I appreciate it, Al.
one of your biggest fans
(PS, lemme know if you do not want to be called Al.) ;)
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