SEREMBAN: The government should not shut down 21 of the 27 teacher's training institutes nationwide as has been reported, as this would affect school-leavers who want to pursue a career in teaching, says Umno supreme council member Datuk Jalaluddin Alias.
He made the statement following a Berita Harian report on Tuesday (Sept 10) that claimed the government was mulling shutting down 21 teacher's training institutes from next year.
It quoted Education director-general Datuk Dr Amin Senin as saying that the matter had been deliberated at ministry level, but no final decision had been made.
"I am saddened to read the report that there is a move to shut 21 teaching institutes nationwide.
"I personally feel we still need these institutes so that those who wish to become teachers can receive appropriate training here," Jalaluddin said in a statement.
The Jelebu MP said the previous Barisan Nasional government had set up these institutes to allow trainee teachers to be equipped with the necessary skills.
"It is at these institutes that trainee teachers are taught how to impart knowledge on higher-order thinking skills, which are important in producing pupils who are able to compete globally," he said.
Jalaluddin expressed hope that the government would think things through thoroughly before making a decision.
"We must not forget that teachers trained at these institutes are also able to pursue a degree in teaching at public universities. If these institutes are shut down, how are we to produce more excellent or well-trained teachers?" he asked.
Quoting sources, the Malay daily claimed that prospective teachers would eventually receive their training at the six remaining institutes, with the bulk being educated at public universities.