I heard from some teachers that they have to pay from their own pockets for stationery that they use in their jobs, even the ubiquitous red pens for marking. Teachers have to pay for basically everything - they are asked to decorate the classroom, but have to pay for construction paper, staples, masking tape etc.
Apparently there is no stationery store or pool to draw from.
Transportation costs to destinations (other than the school) are also borne by the teachers themselves - parking charges (for those who drive) are sometimes payable for places which do not have free parking or where parking passes are not allocated. There was even situations where teachers had to incurr hourly coupon charges (for up to 8-10 hours) for attending marking sessions at other schools -those who take public transport are similarly not reimbursed, much less petrol costs.
Other costs are similarly dealt with - basically they pay and pay.
Just wondering whether there are any similar experiences - I think there are a few teachers here or people who know teachers who can share their experiences to corroborate or debunk the above.
It seems that teachers are like sponsors - they subsidise/sponsor/pump funds.
One day, teachers would be asked : "You have to go to USA to give a Powerpoint seminar on latest education methods in Singapore - please pay for your air tickets, hotel room and notebook computer (it must be the latest model so the audience dont have to wait for the slides to load) and Powerpoint software"
Maybe teachers should follow schools and collect the equilvalent of school fees - maybe "teacher's fees" from the students as disbursements and operating costs too. I'm not sure if they were told upfront before signing up that they have to bear these expenses.