GEORGE TOWN: The Education Ministry will look into a proposal to introduce a group accident protection scheme for teachers who accompany students to programmes held outside their school.
“Initially we had an individual protection scheme, but the group scheme is cheaper and the coverage is more specific,” said Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin.
“Yayasan Guru Malaysia Bhd (YGMB) has been asked to discuss the matter in detail,” he told reporters after launching Festival Guru Malaysia in Bayan Lepas yesterday on behalf of Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.
In his speech, YGMB chairman Aminudin Adam said the organisation had always streamlined the benefits provided to teachers.
Legal aid of up to RM30,000 would be provided to teachers facing legal action at work, he added.
To date, YGMB has more than 100,000 members, he said.
National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Harry Tan agreed with the proposal, saying that the group accident protection scheme should be given to all teachers.
“We are looking forward to a standard operating procedure on teachers bringing or accompanying students for activities as promised to us by the Education Minister,” he said when contacted yesterday.
On another matter, Dr Amin said making non-English language option teachers sit for the Malaysian University English Test (MUET) had been an ongoing programme since 2013.
“We address not only the quality of teachers, but also the quantity.
“To achieve the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages standards, we have to emphasise the quality of teachers and the quantity of manpower too.
“We don’t have a shortage of English language teachers as we have interim teachers and non-English option teachers,” he said.
It was reported that non-English language option teachers have to sit for MUET – a qualification they must have to teach the language.
The national Teachers Day celebrations are being held in Penang this year.
To mark the occasion, the five-day Festival Guru Malaysia 2019 is being organised by YGMB in Penang for the first time.
The festival, which started on Sunday and ends on Thursday, is a platform for the public to appreciate the services rendered by teachers.
Several awards were given out during the event yesterday to celebrate game-changers in the education industry.