NUTP: Use old policy for appointing school heads

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  • Saturday, 26 Jul 2003

PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry should revert to its old policy of immediately filling vacancies for school heads, said the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP). 

NUTP secretary-general Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam said the ministry's current practice of vetting suitable candidates before posting them was a time-consuming exercise. 

“This is among the reasons for delays in postings to a number of schools nationwide,” he said on Thursday. 

Responding to a statement by the National Union of Tamil School Teachers that some 30 Tamil schools nationwide were without heads, he said another reason for delays was that there were those who rejected the offers and finding a replacement took time. 

Delays could also be due to slow processing of transfers at the ministry level, Siva Subramaniam said. 

“The delays, however, should not pose any problem for schools as senior assistants automatically assume the role of school head once a headmaster or principal leaves,” he added.  

According to Siva Subramaniam, the vetting of school heads before approving their new postings was a relatively new development introduced about three years ago to check the character and aptitude of a candidate. 


National Union of Tamil School Teachers president Shahul Hamid Mydin Shah had said earlier this week that his union had received many complaints from parents over the delay in naming candidates to replace principals who had retired, adding that the delay had affected the smooth running of the schools. 


Siva Subramaniam said the delay was not only seen in Tamil schools but also in over 50 other primary and secondary schools nationwide. 


He said NUTP would discuss the matter with the ministry.  

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