PETALING JAYA: A lot can be done to improve the teaching profession and one measure is to appoint assistants for them to do the administrative work, said National Union of the Teaching Profession secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng.
With these assistants, teachers could focus more on teaching and less on clerical and non-professional work, she said.
“Their teaching time and the number of students should also be adjusted to prevent them from getting burned out,” she said in a statement here to mark Teachers Day.
Lok called for more teachers to be trained and the number of students in a class to be reduced to 20 to 25.
The union also called for better facilities in rural areas and for Malay and English languages to be emphasised in schools to improve students’ bilingual ability.
Lok said the standard of languages had dropped.
Laptop computers and Internet services were needed as teaching tools to improve students’ language skills, she added.
Lok welcomed the decision by the Education Ministry to engage language teachers from China and India to teach these elective subjects in national schools.
“But we hope the Government will give priority to local teachers first,” she said.
She also hoped more vision and smart schools would be set up to foster racial unity among students.
At the same time, she added, more houses should be built for teachers, especially for those in remote areas.