I REFER to the letter “Funding for teacher training” (The Star, July 29) on the proposed move by the Government to cut allowances for teacher training in the near future.
Let’s be realistic; many governments, even in advanced countries, are reducing funding for colleges and universities, and students have to pay for higher education, including teacher training.
To my knowledge, only Finland, Norway and Germany provide tuition-free education in colleges and universities.
Apparently, teacher training is now being seen as similar to other professional courses like law, accounting, pharmacy, architecture and dentistry, and students pursuing all these courses pay their tuition fees.
For now, trainee teachers have to be prepared for the worst scenario in the defining moment of the history of teacher training in this country.
However, those who are truly passionate about teaching would surely be able to embark on their chosen profession even if they have to pay for their training and education.
To get money for their tuition fees, they could apply for bursaries, scholarships or PTPTN loans.
In the mid-1960s, when teacher trainees enrolled at the regional training centres (RTC), they earned an allowance by teaching during weekdays and attending classes at weekends and school holidays. Trainee teachers could consider this option as well.