Lieutenant-Colonel (NCC) Phay Teik Eng graduated from NUS in 1982 with B. Social Science (2nd Upper Hons) and Diploma in Education (Merit) the following year. He is a retired and tested Senior Education Teacher with over three decades of experience in Economics education and trainer of students’ leaders. He has joined the dynamic team at Learners’ Lodge at an exciting time in its expansion to meet the educational needs of Singaporeans.
He has taught at JJC, SRJC, ITE (for mature students), CJC and ACJC in his various roles as Senior Subject Teacher, Subject Head as well as Head of Department for Discipline and Pastoral Care. He was posted to the Education Programmes Division in MOE HQ in 1998 for an initial tour of 3 years and later extended by one year. He served as Commander of NCC (Air) and promoted to Head Training, HQ NCC responsible for developing and conducting leadership courses (both local and overseas) for secondary and tertiary students. He is one of the select few to be trained by the Ministry of Education as Emergency Behaviour Officer in 1999 to understand and meet the emotional needs of students in the time of emergency.
He firmly believes in the ability of students to excel in the subject and takes great pride in helping them do so through a variety of pedagogical approaches and confidence-building measures. His teaching has evolved to keep up with developments in the economics education landscape and the changing profile of students. He embraces changes and adapts his approach to reflect the learning habits of the new generation of students while always mindful of the requirements and expectations of the examination board. The beauty of his methods lies in their simplicity. He has shared with students the secrets to success, including the need to make their own exam-oriented notes and repeatedly warned them against rote learning.
He works hard at creating a learning environment that is fun and inviting to arouse the intellectual curiosity of the students. Only when they are curious would learning takes place. He fully believes in the need to focus not only on the cognitive aspect of learning but on other dimensions as well, especially the affective domain.
He has been credited in the national daily with helping students to overcome overwhelming odds to achieve the improbable. In recognition of his dedication and resourcefulness at helping youngsters achieve their potential, he has been recognised and invited to the Istana for a ‘tea’ party in 1994.
Thank you for coaching me relentlessly, even after I failed you and myself so many time. Your lessons are interesting, especially with your interesting character.
Timothy Chan, Jurong Junior College (2018)
Thank you for making every lesson enjoyable and making me feel comfortable even though I’ve just joined.
Zann, Anderson Junior College (2018)
Hello Mr Phay, thank you so much for being so patient with us & your continuous help really helped us achieve our desired grades!
Liwen, Yishun Junior College (2017)
Thank you, Mr Phay for making Econs much easier for me to learn and study! Your notes are really concise and I rely on them a lot during my A-levels. Also, thank you for making the effort to make your lessons lively and enjoyable for me.
Jassie Tan, Meridian Junior College (2017)
H2 Economics has always been my Achilles heel and has never scored anything above an E grade for my exams and tests. Only after joining Learners’ Lodge and under the care of Mr Phay did my realise Economics was simpler than what it is and I had to change my learning style. Mr Phay gave me the confidence and skills I needed and eventually scoring a distinction for A Levels examination. Thank you, Mr Phay for your dedication to your students!
Daniel Koh, Nanyang Junior College (2017)
Mr Phay is a great teacher, for he was always so confident in me, which is something that I can’t believe. For that, I am very grateful. My econs results were never good. It was after joining that when I was writing essays in a test that I have a better idea of what to write. Mr Phay’s method of teaching by focusing on the most important points made recalling of ideas much easier. Classes are also very fun too, with jokes every so often. Every lesson has the part to answer questions, and in Mr Phay class, answers have to be recalled very fast for that is needed in the exam. Mr Phay’s is really good.
Jason Chua , Nanyang Junior College (2017)
Dear Mr Phay, Thank you for all those enriching and fun lessons, for the encouragement during tough times, and also, for being there for us to extend a helping hand. The extra help given to review our notes and essays done has helped made our studying easier. Thanks for conducting more lessons on our weaker topics to clarify the doubts we had. I wish you all the best for your future and hope you can continue to inspire other students!
Kimberly, Innova Junior College (2017)
Thank you, Mr Phay for teaching me to love economics! Initially, I struggled to understand even the simplest concepts. After attending your lessons, I found the subject to be really fun, and it made sense to me. During the A-level period, you were always there to answer my questions and motivate me. The notes I took down from your lessons were my saviour during revision and with them, I achieved a grade that I never expected myself to attain. Thank you for your dedication!
Madeleine, River Valley High School (2017)
Thank you, Mr Phay, for being our teacher!! You’ve made learning economics so much more enjoyable, and far more interesting! Every Sunday lesson was really engaging and would always look forward to them. Thank you Mr Phay and best of luck for the future!!
Ryan Lee, Nanyang Junior College (2017)
Thank you, Mr Phay for being such a wonderful teacher! Your humour and laughter never fail to make the lesson fun and intriguing. Thank you for having faith in me and believing that I would do well!
Hui Kay, Nanyang Junior College
Thank you, Mr Phay for your guidance and help in H2 Economics over the last 2 years. Without it, I probably would not be able to score as well in the past A level examination. Once again, thanks for being such a wonderful teacher.
Darren, Temasek Junior College
Mr Phay is a great teacher that is patient and attentive to our individual needs, learning econs will never be as fun without him. I would like to express my gratitude to him for not giving up on any of us even though our prelims may not be that desirable. Thank you, Mr Phay!
Melvin Nee, Anderson Junior College
It’s been a great pleasure to have been your student and to have had the chance to learn from you. Classes are never dry because you always make it interesting! Thank you for putting in so much hard work, time and effort to teach us and I wouldn’t have done as well as I did for my As if not for your help!! Thank you for having been my Econs teacher!!!
Jia Hui, Nanyang Junior College
Mr. Phay never failed to make the class laugh with his witty and funny jokes, the class was always filled with his positive and vibrant energy despite how tired he was from teaching many classes. He often told the class never to give up and encouraged us as long as we gave our best, our parents and teachers would be proud of us! His constant guidance and teaching helped me to make a tremendous improvement in my economics and I managed to do well in the A-levels Thank you Mr Phay!
Chua Min Yee, Nanyang Junior College
Thanks for bringing my econs grade to where it is today. Your lessons meant a lot to me as it always so engaging. It helped me in remembering the econs concepts that used to be hard to remember. I appreciated how you would ask us a lot of questions in class as it made me motivated to be prepared for class. But it’s the effort we all put in during class time that helped me achieved my A. Your notes are “success notes”! They were great! I couldn’t thank you more. And lastly, HAVE FAITH IN PHAY!!!
Valerie Tan, Temasek Junior College
My experience with Mr Phay was short because there was only a month left before the A levels when I started attending private lessons with him. He was very patient and immediately knew the area I was weak at in a lesson. Because of the limited time I had with him, he summarized the key areas where I should focus on and guided me along to fortify my concepts with the proper key economic terms. His knowledge on the subject is broad with many relevant real-life economic examples used to illustrate his point and answer any inquires I have. Thank You, Mr Phay for pushing my econs towards an A and coming to my aid on such a short notice!
Tham Jay Shen, Meridian Junior College
Mr. Phay is a very dedicated and caring tutor who always sees the best in his students and never fails to encourage them. He ensures that his students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to excel and I can personally attest to that. From a ‘S’ in my first Economics examination in school to finally getting an ‘A’ for my actual ‘A’ levels. I’m grateful for the help and I hope he continues to help more students like me. Thanks once again!