Pro­vide ad­e­quate teach­ers’ quar­ters within vicin­ity of schools, urges union

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA LUMPUR: The Na­tional Union of the Teach­ing Pro­fes­sion has of­fered sev­eral sug­ges­tions to better in­crease the wel­fare of teach­ers na­tion­wide.

Its pres­i­dent, Ka­maroza­man Abd Razak, said teach­ers’ quar­ters should be ad­e­quately pro­vided within the vicin­ity of the schools they were teach­ing at.

“The is­sue of teach­ers not hav­ing their own quar­ters is more ap­par­ent in big cities, in ru­ral ar­eas in Sabah and Sarawak, and sur­round­ing is­lands.

“There are in­stances where teach­ers are re­quired to share quar­ters with other teach­ers, which is not ap­pro­pri­ate.”

An­other is­sue, he added, was re­gard­ing the health of teach­ers.

He sug­gested that the govern­ment set up wel­fare units at district ed­u­ca­tion of­fices to con­duct checks on the health of teach­ers in the area.

“Teach­ers some­times do not have time to go to the hospi­tal, so it would be good if med­i­cal of­fi­cers can come to schools and con­duct med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions there.

“The stress and pres­sure they face is dan­ger­ous. And, if not treated, it can lead to se­ri­ous dis­eases,” he said.

On the is­sue of teach­ers teach­ing in states far away from their spouses and fam­i­lies, Ka­maroza­man said the govern­ment must relook into the needs for teach­ers for op­tional sub­jects.

Ac­cord­ing to him, the prob­lem of trans­fer­ring teach­ers arose when they could only teach in their own spe­cialised sub­jects, or op­tions, where there were spe­cific quo­tas for each sub­ject in each school.

“We im­plore the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry to re­con­sider the need for op­tion teach­ers as it would be im­pos­si­ble for them to trans­fer if only one spe­cialised sub­ject is con­sid­ered. For ex­am­ple, if a Ba­hasa Malaysia teacher is able to teach an­other crit­i­cal sub­ject, trans­fer her and train her to teach in that sub­ject so she can fill the po­si­tion in her cho­sen school.

“Some­times, teach­ers put aside their needs for the sake of their stu­dents. This is why they must be taken good care of.”

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