KUALA LUMPUR: Only 160 out of the 940 graduates of the Malaysian Teacher Training Institutions (IPGM) promised by the Education Ministry for Chinese medium schools (SJKC) have been delivered to the schools so far, said Federal Territory MCA education bureau chief Eddie Heng.
Owing to the drastic shortage, the affected schools were forced to fork out thousands of ringgit monthly to hire temporary teachers, added Heng.
He said Education director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof on Jan 9 had stated that 940 graduates would be assigned to schools by Jan 20.
This was to fill up the 1,214 teacher vacancies.
The Jan 9 meeting was between Dr Khair and MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and deputy minister Datuk Mary Yap last month.
Heng yesterday said some IPGM graduates had complained they were not assigned to any school since they graduated in May last year.
“When we checked with the authorities, they either said they were in the midst of processing the graduates’ application or claimed that the graduates did not pass their interviews (with the Education Service Commission).
“These are graduates who have spent the last five and a half years undergoing the required training to be a teacher.
“They did not even get a notification that they did not pass the interviews,” he said at a press conference yesterday before handing over a memorandum to Dr Khair’s office in the Education Ministry in Putrajaya.
Heng added that the affected schools were in distress, having to pay between RM1,500 and RM1,800 from their own pocket for every temporary teacher they hire to overcome the shortage, he said.
The memorandum was drafted by the MCA education consultative committee, on behalf of 41 SJKCs in Kuala Lumpur, their board of governors, parent-teacher associations and the alumni associations.
The parties urged the ministry to fill up the vacancies by Feb 20.