Teachers still handling clerical work despite circular

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 26 Jan 2019

PETALING JAYA: Going by stories shared by teachers, they are still bogged down by clerical work.

“My colleagues and I are still doing all the clerical work that we did in the past,” said an English teacher from a secondary school in Sungai Petani, Kedah.

“It’s good that Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik (pic) said teachers will no longer have to do redundant work but if it’s not us, then who will do it?

“They need to decide on this soon so we can focus on carrying out our duties as teachers,” she said.

The teacher, who declined to be named, said an example of clerical work she still does is recording students’ data manually and online when they registered for the new term.

“It took up a lot of time and I was running behind time for my lessons,” she added.

Last week, Dr Maszlee Malik announced that teachers need not prepare multiple copies of documents such as classroom attendance from this year onwards.

The ministry, he said, had identified clerical tasks that were no longer relevant that interfered with their duty as teachers.

A teacher, who only wanted to be known as Safinaz from Kelantan, said she was still recording students’ information online, which took time due to the slow connection.

“If we have efficient assistants in schools who can do this clerical work for us, it will reduce a part of our work,” she added.

An English teacher from a Kuala Lumpur school confirmed that teachers were still required to carry out paperwork.

“There is no way out. And because my school is a small school, most of the work falls on one person, which is me,” she said.

Another teacher from Kuala Selangor said the ministry’s announcement about the reduction of paperwork had no effect.

“There are still lots of data and forms that need to be submitted to the state education department,” she said.

The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) has received complaints that members were still being asked to fill out documents and other irrelevant tasks.

NUTP secretary-general Harry Tan said on Wednesday that this should not be happening, and urged school administrators to take heed of the ministry’s circular on the matter.

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