Allowance for pre-school trainees too low

Allowance for pre-school trainees too low

I was surprised to learn that trainees in pre-schools receive an hourly allowance that is as low as $4.50 ("Traineeship scheme for pre-schools"; last Sunday).

How can the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) attract good talent if it offers such a low allowance?

Most fast-food chains pay their part-time workers more than $4.50 an hour.

A pre-school worker should command higher pay than a fast-food worker, as the former has a wider job scope and greater responsibilities.

I hope the WDA will review the allowance of trainees to attract better talent.

Leong Kok Seng

This article was first published on June 8, 2014.
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