Compiled by C. ARUNO, SIRA HABIBU and R. ARAVINTHAN
EDUCATIONIST groups Dong Zong and Jiao Zong are urging the Education Ministry to hire some 60 qualified teachers who graduated from last year’s holiday teacher training programme (Program Diploma Perguruan Malaysia –Kursus Dalam Cuti) in a bid to address the nationwide shortage of teachers at SJKCs, reports Sin Chew Daily.
Jiao Zong president Ong Chiow Chuen said that there were around 310 teachers who graduated from the programme in August last year, out of which 250 had been interviewed by the Education Service Commission and officially started serving as full-fledged teachers in June this year.
It was reported earlier that the remaining 60 graduates have yet to receive news from the Commission, and have been told to wait when enquiring about their status.
Frustrated, this group of teachers, who claim to have been “forgotten”, wrote to the daily on Sunday pleading for their situation to be heard.
According to Ong, they had also contacted Jiao Zong, known also as the United Chinese School Teachers’ Association, for help.
“Jiao Zong views the problem on the shortage of teachers very seriously. We will gather more concrete information before reporting our findings to the Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon,” he said.
Similarly, Dong Zong president Tan Tai Kim pointed out that the shortage of teachers at SJKCs had been a recurring problem over the last few decades with no quick solutions.
However, he sympathised with the Commission’s delay in sending out invitation interviews, admitting that Dong Zong’s operations were disrupted by the pandemic as well beginning from March this year.
“I hope the relevant authorities including the Human Resource Ministry and the Education Service Department can cooperate fully with the Education Ministry, ensuring that these teachers can attend their respective interviews as soon as possible.
“This is to prevent these teachers from losing their passion for teaching out of frustration, and also to prevent from setting a bad bureaucratic precedent for the following years,” he said.
In an earlier report, Dr Mah told the daily that these teachers have not been “forgotten” and that he will make arrangements with the relevant authorities to sort the matter out.
The holiday teacher training programme is an 18-month course by the Education Ministry to train candidates to be qualified teachers.
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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