Crackdown on teachers without permits

TEACHERS in private education institutions who do not have teaching permits and have not registered with their respective State Education Departments (JPN) will be the target of a major clean-`up soon. 

The enforcement director of the Education Ministry's Private Education Department (JPS), Dr Ariff Kasim, said the institutions must ensure that their academic staff had permits. 

He said teachers, headmasters and principals of private institutes, including kindergartens, must abide by the rule. “Teachers who do not register with the JPN and do not have permits will be the focus of our next clean-up,” he told reporters after attending a dialogue between his department, JPN, National Accreditation Board, National Higher Education Fund Corporation and private institutions in Ipoh, Perak, on Tuesday. 

Dr Ariff said teachers without permits could be fined RM5,000, while principals could be fined RM10,000 for employing such teachers.  

“The registration process does not take long and permits will be given according to the level of education, for example, an SPM-holder would be allowed to teach in a primary school. However, many do not apply because their private institutes operate illegally,” he said. 

He addedt that the lack of manpower had resulted in no action being taken against such teachers in the previous clean-up of private institutions which had no permits or whose permits had lapsed. 

In April, the ministry ordered nine private institutions without permits to close, while in July last year, 81 institutions were closed for being inactive or bankrupt. 

He said parents should not send their children to such institutions. They should choose free government schools which provided text books and had trained teachers. 

Parents should also realise that children studying in these private institutions (those that are not registered) , especially at primary level, would not be allowed to sit for public examinations like the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR), he said. – Bernama  

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