Compiled by C. ARUNO, SIRA HABIBU and R. ARAVINTHAN
A GROUP of qualified teachers who graduated under the holiday teacher training programme (Program Diploma Perguruan Malaysia –Kursus Dalam Cuti) urged the Education Ministry to consider hiring them full-time to address the shortage of teaching staff across the nation, reported Sin Chew Daily.
The daily received a letter on Sunday titled “Voices of a Group of Qualified Teachers: We Have Been Forgotten” that detailed their predicament.
According to the group, there are around 60 to 70 qualified educators under the programme who are serving as temporary teachers at SJK (C) while another 100 at national primary schools.
The group claimed to have graduated from the programme in August 2019. They claimed that they had waited for more than a year but had yet to receive any invitation for interview from the Education Service Commission.
“Recently, there were several Chinese societies which were anxious that the teacher training course for SJK (C) has yet to be filled up and would subsequently cause a shortage of teaching staff.
“But in reality, there are many who are passionate about becoming teachers (at Chinese vernacular schools) but have not been noticed, ” the letter read.
When contacted, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said he would contact the Human Resources Ministry and the Education Service Commission to find out more about the planned interview schedules for these teachers.
Dr Mah explained that the movement control order, which began in March, disrupted many plans, especially interviews.
He added that the ministry valued all its teaching staff and had not “forgotten” about any of them.
“All the information on our teaching staff and their service records, including procedures for promotion, are kept safe at the Education Ministry.
“Therefore, we will find out what happened and make arrangements with the departments involved to address the problem, ” he said.
It was earlier reported that educationist groups Dong Zong and Jiao Zong as well as Dr Mah had urged the public to apply to be trained as teachers in an attempt to address the shortage of teachers across primary schools in the country.
> Hong Kong singer-actress Gillian Chung appeared to be in good spirits a week after sustaining head injuries in a hotel bathroom and undergoing two surgeries, reported China Press.
The 39-year-old was seen in several photos online on Saturday with her bandage taken off, celebrating the ending of filming for a movie in Xiamen, China.
“Very happy to have worked with big sister Gillian and hope you get well soon!” one of the members of the film crew wrote online.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.
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