IT was reported recently that there are 500 job vacancies for teachers in Chinese primary schools in the peninsular.
The shortage was supposed to be filled by some 400 trainee teachers who graduated last year but their postings will only be out in March this year at the earliest.
The schools facing teacher shortages are trying to cope by putting pupils in two different standards with less than 30 pupils in the same class – like Years Two and Three in one class and Years Four and Five in another class.
Other schools are reducing the number of classes by combining two or more classes of similar standards into one.
These temporary measures will put pressure on teachers who will have to teach two different standards simultaneously and have more pupils in their class.
The Education Ministry should consider hiring retired teachers.
They can be hired on a monthly basis and given an allowance for their services.