Private grads may be hired as temporary teachers

GRADUATES from private universities may soon be hired as temporary teachers to address the shortage at Chinese vernacular schools, reported Sin Chew Daily.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon revealed that he had submitted a proposal to the ministry to open up the applications as graduates from public universities had failed to fill up the available spots.

In an exclusive interview with the daily, he noted that out of 647 vacancies for temporary teachers last year, there were only 242 applicants.

Only 126 of them went on to the interview and written test stage, out of whom only 21 were accepted.

After discussing with educationist groups such as Dong Zong and Jiao Zong as well as other Chinese organisations, Dr Mah said opening up the applications to private university graduates was seen as one of the most practical solutions.

“The Education Ministry is currently in talks with the Public Service Commission of Malaysia on reviewing the present requirements for hiring temporary teachers, ” he added.

In December last year, Dr Mah revealed that even though 702 new teachers had been assigned to fill the vacancies at Chinese vernacular schools in January and February this year, there would still be a shortage of 633 teachers.

> Malaysian film Story of Southern Islet continues to win international awards, this time bagging the International Federation of Film Critics Prize at the 45th Hong Kong International Film Festival, reported China Press.

Director Chong Keat Aun, who hails from Kedah, thanked the organisers via video conference.

The former radio presenter added that he hoped the pandemic would soon be over and that he would be able to bring the film to Hong Kong.

The film had earlier won Chong the best director title in Taiwan’s Golden Horse Awards, as well as two other awards in China’s 12th Youth Film Manual annual ceremony.

The film is about a woman’s quest to find a cure for her husband who was thought to have been cursed by black magic and was inspired by Chong’s experiences growing up as well as local beliefs.

Chong directed, wrote and acted in the film, which was shown in cinemas in Taiwan beginning April 1 but its premiere had been delayed in Malaysia due to Covid-19.

> Chinese actress Fan Bingbing startled many by dyeing her hair platinum blonde recently.

A report in China Press said the 39-year-old actress, who is attempting a comeback following her tax evasion scandal, posted a picture of her new hair colour on April 8.

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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