THE National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) has urged heads of schools not to take action against teachers and students who are unable to attend National Sports Day which falls just four days before Deepavali.
NUTP Penang branch secretary Chan Thye Choon said several teachers called up to express their concern over the matter.
“Even though it is not compulsory to attend the event, they are worried that action may be taken against them.
“This year’s National Sports Day, which falls on Oct 14, is near Deepavali and some teachers may have already booked transportation back to their hometowns.
“This does not only apply to Indian teachers only but also to others,” he said on Sunday.
To encourage Malaysians to be active, the Government declared the second Saturday of October as National Sports Day.
An initiative by the Youth and Sports Ministry, the event is a proactive measure to turn Malaysia into a sporting nation and to make sports a way of life and culture.
Chan, who is also the NUTP national deputy president, said he had reminded all members of their duty as teachers to attend the celebration if they could.
He said: “But if you can’t, just let your respective school heads know.
“We hope that they will not victimise teachers who can’t attend.”