TEACHERS are the largest workforce in the government sector, making up 600,000 of the 1.6 million-strong Malaysian civil service.
Today, more than 85% of primary and 100% of secondary school teachers are graduates. There are also teachers with a master’s degree.
Primary school teachers who are not graduates are encouraged to pursue their degree studies so that by 2020, all teachers would be graduates.
Quality teachers produce quality students, hence all teachers should be well educated. This is the vision and aspiration of the Education Ministry in getting teachers to enhance their academic qualification.
During their tertiary education, they would be exposed to numerous methodologies, pedagogy and technological advancements in the teaching and learning process.
I wonder if there is a difference between the performance of teachers with master’s and first degrees in secondary schools. This is a pertinent issue that needs to be looked into so that the true vision of empowering teachers and realising their potential to maximise student output is realised.