With Home-based Learning (HBL) in tow, parents, children, and teachers are not the only ones affected by the new arrangement. Many of the extracurricular instructors engaged by MOE are paid based on services delivered, and have hence felt the effects of the cancelation of co-curricular activities. In order to help these MOE coaches and instructors cope during this period, Minister of Education Ong Ye Kung has just announced a restructuring of contracts for such staff.
Aside from benefiting from the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) and the Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (SIRS) through the Unity, Resilience and Solidarity budgets, these instructors will be further assisted through two key features of the restructuring.
The contracts will be extended up to December 2021, based on existing contract hours or scope, to give greater assurance of work and income beyond 2020, and to give instructors more time to fulfil the services agreed upon.
For the remainder of 2020, schools will gradually explore alternative ways of delivering CCA, such as using e-modes or class-based approaches, as well as other activities that can be delivered through instructors, when the situation allows for it.
Should CCA and other activities resume for the remainder of the year and the schools’ requirements exceed the existing hours stipulated in the contract, schools will pay for the additional hours of service rendered, according to the contracted terms and rates.
This will provide some income for instructors in 2020 even if fewer hours are delivered, with the expectation that the hours of work would be fulfilled subsequently in 2021.
The initial payment is applicable to CCA and non-CCA contracts for both individuals and companies. Based on a typical school CCA arrangement, the quantum of the initial payment is set at 40% of the annual contract value, capped at $3,000 per instructor for each contract.
The initial payment for CCA instructors will be paid in two tranches, in June 2020 and November 2020. Non-CCA instructors will receive a single payment in June 2020 as these contracts are on an ad-hoc basis or a short- term period.
For contracts involving multiple instructors (e.g. for companies), the cap will be adjusted based on the number of instructors and the annual contract value. Companies are encouraged to pass on the initial payment to their instructors, as per their existing arrangements with them.
The new contract structure will be offered by schools to contracts focused on the provision of instructors’ services. Contracts offering services that would still be relevant to the schools for the extended contract duration (of up to December 2021) would be offered the option to convert to the new contract structure.
This option will not be applicable to curricular-related contracts that can still proceed within prevailing conditions for curriculum delivery, such as the Arts & Music Instructor Scheme (AMIS).
Schools will get in touch with eligible companies and instructors with more information from 25 May 2020 onwards, just before the end of the school holidays. Should instructors have any enquiries, they can get in touch with the respective schools after 25 May or find more information here.
Example A – individual instructor whose initial payment quantum cap is $3,000
Mr XX, a netball coach, is engaged by a secondary school with an annual contract value of $10,000. His current contract will end on 31 Dec 2020. The initial payment for this contract will be capped at $3,000.
He will receive the first payment in June 2020 (capped at $2,000) and the subsequent payment in November 2020 ($1,000). If the services he renders exceed the value of the initial payment when CCA resumes, he will then be paid monthly again, based on the difference in excess of the initial payment received.
His contract will also be extended till 31 Dec 2021 to provide a longer runway for the delivery of his services.
Example B – contracts involving multiple instructors and initial payment quantum cap is 40% of annual contract value
YY company is engaged by a primary school to provide two band instructors with an annual contract value of $12,000. This current contract will end on 30 June 2020.
The initial payment for this contract will be capped at $4,800 (40% of the annual contract value). The company will receive the first payment of the initial payment in June 2020 (capped at $4,000: $2,000 x 2 instructors) and the subsequent payment in November 2020 (remainder of $800).
When CCA resumes and should the services rendered by the instructors exceed the value of the initial payment, the company will be paid monthly again, based on the difference in excess of the initial payment received.
The contract will also be extended till 30 June 2021 to provide a longer runway for the delivery of services. The company should pass on the initial payment to their band instructors, as per their existing arrangement with them.
ZZ company, is engaged by a secondary school to provide 10 swimming instructors to run a swimming programme for students with an annual contract value of $9,000. The initial payment will be capped at $3,600 (40% of the annual contract value).
As the contract is for a specific programme and carried out over a short period of time, the company will receive a single payment of $3,600 in June 2020. The company’s delivery of services will also be extended till 31 December 2021.
Following the initial payment, the rest of the services rendered up to the end of the extended contract, will be paid accordingly, with the initial payment offset, based on the original contract terms. The company should then pass on initial payment to the swimming instructors.
Hopefully this gives a better understanding of how the restructuring works, and here’s hoping that our hardworking coaches and instructors will continue to be taken care of—it’s what they deserve.
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