NUTP: Let teachers take home laptops


  • Nation
  • Sunday, 16 Mar 2003

BY ZARINAH DAUD

BUKIT MERTAJAM: School heads should allow Science and Mathematics teachers to bring home their laptops to prevent thefts in schools, said the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP). 

Its secretary-general Datuk S. Siva Subramaniam said several notebooks had been stolen from school premises in various states after school hours. 

He said the teachers reported the thefts to the police.  

Siva urged principals to have more faith in their teachers and allow them to take the notebooks home. 

“Some principals insist that teachers leave the laptops in the school premises although there is a circular from the Education Ministry allowing teachers to take the computers home. 

“I do not understand why some headmasters do not have confidence in their teachers who are responsible enough to take care of government property,” he said after meeting Penang teachers here yesterday. 

Siva said headmasters should allow teachers to bring home the computers so that they could prepare their assignments in advance. 

He also suggested that parent-teacher associations join an insurance scheme to protect teachers' interests in any untoward incident. 

“Teachers are already saddled with their workload and it is only proper if PTAs give them some kind of protection like insurance coverage for theft.” 

Siva also suggested that the Government appoint information communication technology (ICT) laboratory assistants to assist teachers who were not computer savvy. 

He said the early part of each Science and Mathematics period was wasted because teachers needed time to locate the correct information. 

Siva also urged the Government to consider giving reasonable increments to senior teachers who obtained their first degrees. 

“The Government should consider the teachers' years of service when giving them salary increments and not stick to the existing one jump. 

“Some of the just graduated senior staff, who are already at the bar of their salary scale, only get RM50 extra after obtaining their first degrees. 

“These non-graduate teachers responded to government calls to seek university degrees so they should be compensated for their efforts,” he added. 

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