Jiao Zong: Address shortage of 600 teachers


Compiled by C. ARUNO, MARTIN CARVALHO and R. ARAVINTHAN

JIAO Zong has urged the Education Ministry to address the shortage of some 600 teachers in Chinese vernacular schools for the current year to prevent disruption to operations, Oriental Daily reported.

In a statement, the educationist group said the problem stemmed partially from a lack of interest among the Chinese to be trained as teachers.

“For the 2020 Bachelor in Education intake, only 1,220 out of the 6,000 vacancies were allocated to Chinese vernacular schools.

“However, only 865 candidates got accepted, leaving 355 vacancies unfilled, ” it said.

The group urged the ministry to hold talks and find out the root of the problem, as well as to come up with a long term plan to address the perennial issue of a shortage of teachers.

Last month, Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said even though 702 new teachers have been assigned to fill up the vacancies in Chinese vernacular schools, there would still be a shortage of 633 teachers for the new school term.

> Taiwanese singer Devon Song was said to have returned from death’s door after disappearing from the public eye for nearly a year, Sin Chew Daily reported.

During a recent appearance at the screening of the film Nezha, the 40-year-old told reporters that he suffered from a gastrointestinal and liver disease, which left him bedridden for eight months.

He suspected that it was brought about by his excessive touring and irregular mealtimes and sleep.

> The incident involving a Datuk who slapped a man at a hotpot restaurant continued to reward punters with an unexpected boon when it was announced as the winning numbers on Da Ma Cai two days in a row, China Press reported.

Those who bought the numbers 9177 (which represent being arrested for getting into a fight) won consolation prize on Saturday while those who bet on 0972 (which represent a fight) won third prize on Sunday.

A 29-second video of two men slapping an unidentified victim while gesturing aggressively at him at the restaurant went viral and attracted wide attention.

The victim was later confirmed to be the son of Perak Chinese Assembly Hall deputy president Datuk Kwan Foh Kwai.

The two suspects, one of whom is a Datuk, were arrested and later released on police bail.

On Monday, the Datuk issued an open apology over the incident in a video message.

The above article is 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 this ' >'sign, it denotes a separate news item.

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