KUALA LUMPUR: The placement exercise by the Education Ministry involving Chinese language teachers was based on the urgent need in national schools.
According to a statement from the office of the Education director-general Friday, the placement was also carried out to avoid further delay in the execution of Chinese language programmes which had taken a setback since March this year.
The statement was issued to clarify a statement made by MCA Deputy President Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong on Wednesday pertaining to the dilemma of 51 teachers trained at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) who had failed to be posted to secondary schools to teach Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM)-level Mandarin which was what they were trained to do.
Wee, who is a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said, instead the teachers were sent to boarding schools, vocational schools and vocational colleges to teach basic Chinese.
The statement explained that 130 UPSI teachers who had been appointed by the Education Services Commission would fill vacancies in National Schools (SMK) comprising national type secondary schools (SMJK), national religious secondary schools (SMKA), technical secondary schools (SMT), fully residential schools (SBP), sports schools, arts schools, special model schools, Government aided religious schools (SABK) and vocational colleges on July 1.
“These Chinese language option teachers placed in SBP and vocational colleges will be teaching the subject as an international language option, which is a paper under the SPM for SBPs and a must pass subject for vocational colleges for students to be awarded a diploma after a four-year course of study,” it explained.
The ministy said the placement exercise, which takes effect of July 1, had taken into account the overall requirement of Chinese language teachers in national schools throughout the country.It added an additional 77 Chinese Language option teachers would also be placed in national type Chinese primary schools (SJKC) to fill existing vacancies. – Bernama