PUTRAJAYA: The shortage of teachers at Chinese primary schools is mainly in administrative positions and as such, it could be resolved by June.
Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon said as of March 1, there was a shortage of 347 teachers at all SJKCs but these were not in teaching and learning (PDP) positions.
“There is actually a surplus of academic teachers in our system,” he said.
“The shortage is in administrative categories such as headmasters as well as other areas like guidance teachers, special education teachers, library teachers and Islamic education teachers.
“To resolve this shortage, we will be promoting teachers in PDP positions to fill up the vacancies.
“We will also be conducting a transfer of teachers in June. They should be able to fill up the other positions.
“In addition to that, there will be 337 temporary teachers who will be completing their courses at the teacher education institutes (IPGs) in June.
“We have asked that these graduates be interviewed by the Education Services Commission as soon as possible so that they could fill up the vacancies by August,” said Chong after chairing a meeting at the Education Ministry here.
The meeting was held with members of the special task force set up to address the issue of teacher shortage in SJKCs.
Chong said another 493 Bachelor in Education students were expected to graduate from IPGs in December, which would further address the shortage problem.
On another matter, Chong said the issue of the Kirkby International College graduates not receiving their scrolls and transcripts had been resolved.
“The 447 students, who graduated from their Bachelor in Education course from the college, underwent a convocation ceremony but due to some issues, they were not given their scrolls and transcripts.
“As a result, they were not able to apply for permanent teaching jobs.
“After having a meeting with the Higher Education Ministry, the matter was resolved and the graduates received their scrolls and transcripts on March 16,” he said.