STU wel­comes CM’s an­nounce­ment on tem­po­rary teach­ers

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SIBU: Sarawak Teach­ers’ Union (STU) lauds Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Amar Abang Jo­hari Tun Openg’s an­nounce­ment that tem­po­rary teach­ers can con­tinue teach­ing pro­vided they pass a se­cond in­ter­view.

Its pres­i­dent Jisin Nyud said the an­nounce­ment had given the af­fected teach­ers a life­line as many of them had fi nan­cial and fam­ily com­mit­ments to take care of.

“In­deed, this is what th­ese teach­ers are wait­ing for. Most of them have con­tacted us to ex­press their wor­ries on how they can deal with their bills and loans es­pe­cially those with fam­i­lies,” Jisin said when con­tacted Wed­nes­day.

He said the news about th­ese teach­ers be­ing ter­mi­nated was some­thing that gave a bit­ter ex­pe­ri­ence to the af­fected per­sons.

“Worse still, it af­fects one’s life es­pe­cially when it is their oc­cu­pa­tion or the source of in­come. In fact, STU feels very sorry with those who are af­fected.

“If pos­si­ble, STU wants th­ese tem­po­rary teach­ers to be sent for up- skilling or up­grad­ing should they fail to meet the re­quire­ment needed to be­come teach­ers,” sug­gested Jisin.

He was re­spond­ing to Abang Jo­hari’s state­ment which gave an as­sur­ance to the 209 tem­po­rary teach­ers whose ser­vices were slated for ter­mi­na­tion on Mar 15.

In a state­ment on Tues­day, Abang Jo­hari said the ser­vices of th­ese teach­ers would not be ter­mi­nated next month.

How­ever, they were ‘re­quired to at­tend an­other nor­mal in­ter­view ex­er­cise and only those qual­i­fied will be se­lected to fi ll the posts’.

Jisin said even though STU agreed with the ap­point­ment and in­ter­views done by the Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vice Com­mis­sion ( SPP) to ap­point qual­i­fied teach­ers, their (teach­ers) con­tri­bu­tion and per­for­mance in school also had to be con­sid­ered.

On the re­cent in­ter­view, he said the psy­cho­me­t­ric test was one of the rea­sons why th­ese teach­ers failed.

As such, STU wanted SPP not to put too much em­pha­sis on psy­cho­me­t­ric test as it might not be the per­fect way to test a per­son’s ca­pa­bil­ity to be­come a good teacher.

“Not only that, in the end only a few are qual­i­fied,” he added.

He said an­other fac­tor to con­sider is their (teach­ers) pas­sion as teach­ers.

It has been proven that through mo­ti­va­tion, guid­ance and up­grad­ing, teach­ers’ per­for­mance can im­prove.

“We can just look around. In any field peo­ple im­prove or grow due to their ex­pe­ri­ence and will­ing­ness to learn. Be­sides in­ter­view and psy­cho­me­t­ric test, STU sug­gests that rec­om­men­da­tions from the head­mas­ters and prin­ci­pals be taken into ac­count as they know their per­for­mance in school over a pe­riod of time,” Jisin said.

He added that STU agreed with the long term plan­ning by the state and state Ed­u­ca­tion di­rec­tor on the re­cruit­ment and train­ing as pro­posed ear­lier.

“STU hopes the is­sue of teach­ers short­age can be re­solved im­me­di­ately by the min­istry as Sarawak is in need of more teach­ers. How can we ex­pect stu­dents to ex­cel aca­dem­i­cally when we still face the is­sue of schools with­out teach­ers for months? Defi nitely, Sarawak still needs more teach­ers.”

Mean­while, tem­po­rary teach­ers af­fected by the ter­mi­na­tion or­der have been given a se­cond chance to go for an­other in­ter­view while con­tin­u­ing their ser­vice in schools.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid, who an­nounced this on Tues­day, said the min­istry would hold a se­cond in­ter­view, likely to be held in June.

Jisin Nyud

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