The United States faces a shortage of at least 300,000 teachers; some educators who left teaching during the pandemic cite inadequate compensation, overwhelming workloads, and insufficient institutional support for public education as the defining factors for their departure. Similar opinions of the teaching profession are also echoed in the United Kingdom, where a former headteacher cites long hours, pay cuts, and abusive parents as top reasons why schools struggle to find willing applicants for headship.

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Mr Ho Swee Huat

Mr Ho Swee Huat is the Founder and Managing Director of Abacus Assets Advisors Pte Ltd. Before starting the company, he had an established career in the banking industry, with 20 years of experience in Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He was an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of CapitaCommercial Trust Management LTD from 2004 to 2013.

He is the current Chairman of Autism Association (Singapore) which he co-founded with a group of parents in 1992. He is also Vice-Chairman of Eden School, a special school for children with autism.

Mr Ho holds a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a Liberal Arts degree in Economics from Hamilton College, USA.

He has been a member of the Board of the Foundation since its incorporation.