PETALING JAYA: The introduction of the DG56 promotion grade shows concern for the welfare of teachers, said National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Harry Tan.
“We are thankful our Prime Minister treated our civil servants equally when he extended the seven-day unrecorded leave to all non-Muslim civil servants as a sizeable number are in the teaching service, especially in Sabah and Sarawak,” he said.
Tan was commenting on the announcement by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak of the creation of Grade 56 for the Education Officer Special Service Scheme.
This is for officers who have served over five years at grade DG54.
According to Bernama, Education Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the DG56 promotion grade will benefit school principals, officials at the district education office and also sector heads at the state education departments.
With effect from Jan 1, 2019, it provides an opportunity for promotion to 323 officers with financial implications of RM7.4mil.
Mahdzir said the addition of grade DG56 would also allow Grade 54 education officers a chance to move another step if they could not go to the JUSA C grade (one of the three public sector major positions above DG54).
A principal from Melaka said this was a good move to recognise the contributions of principals and civil servants.
“This new incentive will also motivate principals to excel in their duties and nurture holistic, first-class-minded students,” she said.
However, a secondary school principal in Kuala Lumpur said she felt the DG56 promotion grade for the Education Officer Service Scheme would be pointless.
“It will not benefit many except those who are on the fast track as mostly those who reach DG54 won’t have another five years of service to enjoy the promotion grade,” she said.