THE Education Ministry needs to project what subject teachers are required so that education graduates are not left jobless.
National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Harry Tan (pic) says it is true that many aspiring teachers are not hired once they have completed their studies.
“NUTP is truly shocked that this can happen as there has been meticulous planning on the ministry’s part.
“Yet, we still see this happening, ” he tells StarEdu.
On their part, Tan says the union tries their best to help these jobless aspiring teachers.
“We do forward such cases to the ministry and to the Education Services Commission for help, ” he says, adding that some of their appeals have been successful.
As for the “glut” (of teacher graduates), everyone should be aware of this so that they do not choose to study in disciplines where the prospects of employment are dim.”
He also advises those in the same predicament to contact the union at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Institute of Teacher Education deputy chief registrar Adzman Talib says: “The Education Ministry will manage the placement of teachers according to the same procedures as in previous years.”
However Adzman, who is also the Education Ministry deputy director-general (School Operation Sector), did not specify the procedure at press time.