Survey: Malaysian teachers among most dedicated in the world

PETALING JAYA: Malaysian teachers love their jobs and are among the most dedicated in the world for ensuring that their students excel academically, according to the first-ever Global Education Census 2018.

The census found that 70% of Malaysian teachers felt teaching was a rewarding career.

The research was conducted by education group Cambridge Assessment International Education (Cambridge International), which is part of Cambridge University.

“Also, 75% of teachers who took part in the survey ran extra classes to help their students achieve good exam grades – the highest of all the countries surveyed,” said Cambridge International in a statement.

The census found that three out of four teachers in Malaysia said they provided additional lessons and classes for their students.

The study of past exam papers is Malaysian teachers’ favourite method to help prepare their students.

Asked how they measured their own professional performance, 84% of Malaysian teachers scored highest in the world for saying that they used exam results as a measure of their own success.

Some 40% said they measured this by the number of students who fulfilled their aspirations and dreams by going on to higher education or university courses.

The Global Education Census is the first comprehensive global study to show what life is like in schools around the world today for students aged 12 to 19 and their teachers.

In Malaysia, 477 students and 634 teachers took part in the survey.

The census focuses on 10 countries – Argentina, China, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Spain, South Africa and the United States.

It sought the views of almost 20,000 teachers and students on topics such as best classroom practices, effective use of additional teaching and learning aids, use of technology in learning and teaching, extracurricular activities, student aspirations and teacher motivation.

Cambridge Assessment International Education regional director Dr Ben Schmidt said it wanted to understand what education was like across the world.

“We wanted to understand not only what students learn but how and in what context, and to share these insights with the wider education community,” he said.

Dr Schmidt said it hoped that with the census, educators in Malaysia could pass on the necessary knowledge, skills and know-how for learners.

National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Harry Tan said the survey reiterated its stand on the level of dedication by Malaysian teachers.

“Our teachers are hardworking but are bogged down by matters other than teaching.

“So, to keep up (with the syllabus), they conduct extra classes. Some schools even have night classes before exams like Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR),” he said.

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