LESS than two per cent of teachers in primary and secondary schools are teaching subjects not related to their own specialisations, said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon.
“At present, the number of teachers teaching subjects not related to their specific specialisations stands at 1.5% in secondary schools and 1.9% in primary schools,” he told Datuk Liang Teck Meng (BN-Simpang Renggam).
Liang had asked the ministry to state the number of teachers who are teaching other than their main specialisation options and subjects in schools.
Among the measures taken by the ministry to overcome the issue was to introduce various training courses specifically for option and non-option teachers via the Conti-nuous Professionalism Develop-ment (PBB) initiative, said Chong.
“The Add Option Intervention Programme (PITO) will be provided for teachers who are not teaching their main option subjects, especially in critical subjects such as Bahasa Melayu and English,” he added.
He said the ministry would implement the classification of teachers through its National Blue Ocean Strategy-Joint Initiative Programme via its Enhancing Teacher’s Profession.
“Under the programme, the teachers will be categorised based on their major and minor options, experience and their position.
“With the implementation of the programme, we hope that the teachers will teach according to their subject options and ease their burden to teach non-option subjects,” he said.
On another matter, the ministry has allocated RM2.3bil for 139 projects in Sabah while RM2.18bil was provided for 131 projects in Sarawak since 2013 to upgrade the schools in the two states.
“Although the allocations are high, so are the repair costs in Sabah and Sarawak,” he told Anyi Ngau (BN-Baram).
Meanwhile, Chong gave his assurance that the budget cuts for Poor Students Trust Fund (Kumpulan Wang Amanah Pelajar Miskin) would not affect the assistance given to the students.
“Based on our data, we have about 800,000 to 900,000 recipients every year. We have enough allocation for this,” he told Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad (Amanah-Kuala Terengganu).
The allocation was trimmed from RM200mil to RM10mil in Budget 2016.
Datuk Hasbullah Osman (BN-Gerik) asked if the financial assistance of RM100 for poor students could be given in December instead of January as December is when parents buy school supplies before the new school term begins.
However, Chong said Budget 2017, which has just been passed by the Dewan Rakyat, will still need to be passed by the Dewan Negara.
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