Mandarin teachers' intake a consistent part of Education Ministry efforts, says Mah

Deputy Education Miniister Datuk Mah Hang Soon (in blue) visiting the exhibition of the new school gallery of SMK Tsung Wah Kuala Kangsar.(23rd September 2022)—Ronnie Chin/The Star

KUALA KANGSAR: The Education Ministry is always making efforts to increase the intake of Mandarin language teachers in the country, says Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.

The Deputy Education Minister said last year, during a one-off intake of over 18,000 teachers, more than 100 of them were employed to specifically teach Mandarin.

“The ministry takes steps accordingly when the need arises.

“For instance some teachers retire, some go on maternity leave, while some retire earlier than expected, and that is when we make arrangements,” he told reporters after launching a gallery at SMJK Tsung Wah here on Friday (Sept 23).

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The gallery was set up in conjunction with the school's 70th anniversary.

During the event, Dr Mah said he also obtained an allocation of RM60,000 from charity foundation The Community Chest for the school to carry out repair works on its building.

He said the school also received RM300,000 last year through the ministry's allocation of funds to institutions that needed aid.

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