Shortage of Mandarin teachers being addressed, assures Mah

Guest of honour: Mah waving as he arrives for the launch of a gallery celebrating the 70th anniversary of SMJK Tsung Wah. — Bernama

KUALA KANGSAR: The shortage of Mandarin teachers in schools is constantly being addressed by the Education Ministry, says Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon.

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

“The ministry takes steps accordingly when the need arises.

“For instance some teachers retire, some are on maternity leave, while others retire earlier than expected, and that is when we make arrangements accordingly,” he told reporters after launching a gallery at SMJK Tsung Wah here yesterday.

The school, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary, set up the gallery with information on its history.

During the event, Dr Mah said he also managed to get an allocation of RM60,000 from a charity foundation, The Community Chest, for the school.

He said besides the allocation, the ministry also allocated funds to schools that required aid, and SMJK Tsung Wah received RM300,000 last year.

“I am proud to note that the school managed to raise over RM2mil during the movement control order for building repair works.

“The structure of the building is old, and requires extensive repairs,” he added.

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