KUALA LUMPUR: The MCA Education Consultative Committee has urged the Education Ministry to fulfill its promise of assigning 940 graduates of the Malaysian Teacher Training Institutions (IPGM) to Chinese medium schools (SJKC), by latest Feb 20, 2014.
Up until today, only around 160 teachers were assigned to the schools, said Federal Territory MCA education bureau chief Eddie Heng.
Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof had promised to assign the graduates to the SJKCs by January 20, in a meeting held with MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong and deputy minister Datuk Mary Yap last month, to solve the shortage of 1,214 teachers faced by the schools, said Heng.
On Wednesday, the committee, on behalf of the board of governors, parent-teacher associations and the alumni associations of the 41 SJKCs in Kuala Lumpur, submitted a memorandum to Dr Khair at the ministry’s office in Putrajaya.
The committee also requests the ministry to issue more warrants for SJKCs to hire untrained temporary teachers (GSTT), and allow them to hire GSTT who don’t have a degree (as schools in rural areas face a problem in getting GSTT with a degree).
The 41 SJKCs in Kuala Lumpur face a shortage of around 100 teachers, said Heng, who is also the chairman of board of governors at SJKC Sentul KL.
The problem becomes worse whenever there’re teachers taking maternity leave or retiring, he added.
He claimed that he had also received complaints from some IPGM graduates that they were not assigned to any school since they graduated in May last year.
“When we checked with the authorities, they either said they were in the midst of processing the graduates’ application or claimed that the graduates did not pass their interviews (with the Education Service Commission).
“These are graduates who have spent the last five and a half years undergoing the required training to be teachers. They did not even get a notification that they did not pass the interviews,” said Heng.
To overcome the shortage and the lack of warrants for GSTT, SJKCs have to pay between RM1,500 and RM1,800 from their own pocket for every temporary teacher they hire, he said.“Some schools were even blamed by officials from the ministry for hiring temporary teachers without the ministry’s permission,” he said.