KUALA LUMPUR: Only teachers with National Professional Qualification for Educational Leaders (NPQEL) qualifications can become headmasters and principals, says Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon (pic).
Chong dismissed claims that the ruling, which came into effect in 2014, was meant to prevent Chinese vernacular school teachers from becoming headmasters.
“The policy applies to all schools, be it national-type schools or vernacular schools,” he told reporters after presenting cheques to 63 recipients of the Chang Ming Thien Foundation study loan.
As for claims that there were many Chinese vernacular schools which still lack headmasters, Chong said there were enough NPQEL teachers who could fill the spots in a week.
“However, we respect the candidates which the school boards have in mind. That is why the headmaster position in these schools are still vacant as the hopefuls have to complete and pass their NPQEL course before being eligible to take up the post,” he said.
The Chang Ming Thien Foundation study loan is an interest-free loan awarded to needy scholars.
Out of the recipients this year, 23 will study locally whereas another 40 will study overseas.A total of RM1.1mil was given out as loans this year.