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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Ministry and MCA to jointly resolve Chinese-language teachers’ posting

KUALA LUMPUR: The current issue of the posting of Chinese-language teachers will be resolved together by the Education Ministry and MCA.

MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said he had conveyed the concern of the Chinese community over the issue to Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

Liow said Muhyiddin, also the Education Minister, had instructed his secretary-ge­neral and director-general to discuss with MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong (pic) to resolve the issue.

“This (issue) should be handled and resolved in an effective manner,” he said here yesterday.

Dr Wee had on Tuesday raised his concern over the posting of Chinese-language teachers who graduated from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (Upsi).

He pointed out that the 136 teachers were specially trained at Upsi to teach SPM-level Chinese in secondary schools.

Chinese educationists, teachers and pa­­rents were upset when 51 of the teachers were posted to boarding schools, vocational schools and colleges to teach basic Chinese instead, he said.

Dr Wee, who is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, told The Star yesterday that some 60,000 students took SPM-Chinese every year.

“Our SPM-level Chinese is of a very high standard and accepted by Chinese universities,” said Dr Wee, who was deputy education minister until the general election in May last year.

He said there was a current shortage of Chinese-language teachers in secondary schools, and this was a huge concern in the community.

Dr Wee said the educationists, teachers and parents had voiced their concern to him over the inappropriate posting recently.

Tags / Keywords: Education , Dr Wee Ka Siong , Chinese language teachers , SPM , Mandarin


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