PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry will stop hiring temporary teachers next year, says its deputy minister Chong Sin Woon.
Chong said though it may appear “cruel” to terminate the services of present temporary teachers, it was a necessity as Chinese vernacular schools will have sufficient teachers in the coming years.
“Next year we will send 1,626 teachers to Chinese primary schools, whereas in 2017, there will be 1,008,” said Chong in a speech he posted on Facebook yesterday morning.
The appreciation speech was delivered during a dialogue with some 20 temporary teachers in Putrajaya on Friday.
According to Chong, some of these teachers had been teaching for two to five years.
He also added that they were looking forward to be full-time teachers some day as well.
“They are witnesses to a historical event and may be the last batch of temporary teachers hired by the ministry.
“I will do my best to help these temporary teachers to look for jobs in similar fields.
“I hope to also organise a gathering for all temporary teachers in the country to thank them,” Chong said.
Earlier this year, it was reported that Chinese vernacular schools faced a shortage of some 1,000 teachers.
The figure had dropped from 5,000 in 2008 since MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong held the post of deputy education minister.
With Chinese schools set to receive more than 2,000 teachers in the next two years, Chong was confident that they would no longer face a shortage for the coming three years.