Chong: There is a shortage of Chinese language teachers

  • Nation
  • Friday, 12 Aug 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry's statistics on Chinese language teachers in secondary schools do not reflect reality in schools, said deputy minister Chong Sin Woon.

He said official statistics show that schools have an oversupply of 156 teachers, which is in stark contrast to claims by Chinese education groups that there is a severe shortage.

"I have visited schools and indeed, there are many that are facing a shortage," he said at a press conference at Wisma MCA Friday.

Based on the present method of calculation, Chong said the Education Ministry needs 1,730 Chinese language teachers but schools have 1,886, which means there are no vacancies.

"The only way to solve this problem is to change the calculation method to reflect the true situation.

"I have written to the Education Minister (Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid) and my suggestion is to exclude mother-tongue language teachers from the normal way of calculation.

"This is because it would be difficult to find another teacher to substitute for a mother-tongue language subject, compared to others like Science or Geography ," he said.

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