Call to create standardised scheme for Kafa teachers


Chow signing the Malaysia Book of Records certificate. With him are association president Mohd Naim Salleh (centre) and Malaysia Book of Records operations, research and marketing manager Edwin Yeoh.

THE Federal Government has been urged to create a standardised salary scale and service scheme for Kafa school teachers.

Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the matter needed more attention as Kafa teachers were making a huge contribution through religious education and they needed to be recognised for their devotion.

“We will have further discussions with the Islamic Religious Affairs Department and several other relevant agencies to identify some issues.

“The issues concern the development of Islamic education as well as the welfare of Kafa teachers in Malaysia, especially those in Penang.

“So far, there is no standardised salary grade or scheme for Kafa teachers.

“If a service scheme is created, I think it will have a big and positive impact not only on the teachers involved but also on Islamic education as a whole, ” he said during a press conference.

Chow was speaking after taking part in the Baktimu Dihatiku Programme organised by the Penang Kafa Teachers and Supervisors Association.

The event was held at the Kafa teachers’ activity centre in Padang Menora, Sungai Dua on mainland Penang.

Chow said the state government would continue to support Kafa teachers in their work to develop the Islamic religious education system.

“There are 1,587 Kafa supervisors and teachers educating 46,516 students in the state, ” he said.

Earlier, Malaysia Book of Records presented a certificate of recognition to the association for collecting 1,568 scrapbooks in conjunction with the Ibadah Scrap Book Competition which was held during the movement control order from April to June this year.

Chow presented certificates of appreciation to 30 Kafa teachers who retired last year and earlier this year.

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