12% turnover rate: School of the Arts teachers quitting constant in last 5 years

Tribute art work for teachers who left raised questions of turnover rate.

By Belmont Lay | May 19, 2017

A recent tribute art work shared on Facebook has shone the spotlight on the turnover rate of teachers at the School of the Arts.

Former Sota teacher Mark Rozells posted on Facebook an art work by a current Year 6 student, Calleen Koh. It showed paper planes with names of teachers who have left Sota stuffed into crevices of the school floor.

This prompted comments that questioned the rate of teachers leaving the school, which was founded in 2008.

In response to queries by The Straits Times, it was revealed that the staff turnover rate was 12 percent in 2012 under the founding principal and it has remained the same under the current principal.

No definite figure was provided though.

The report also said the art work was put up as a performance piece as part of a class activity.

The student had sat down in front of the staff room door and wrote the names of the teachers who have left Sota. At least 20 pieces of paper were used.

The pieces of paper were then folded into planes and thrown towards the door one by one to remember these teachers.

The school said it had removed the work the next day as it went against guidelines to put up works without its knowledge.

The school also said a description for the artwork had to be provided beforehand, as well as the display period.


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