Chong: Short­age of Chi­nese teach­ers mainly in ad­min­is­tra­tive posts

The Star Malaysia - - Nation - By JOSEPH KAOS Jr joekaosjr@thes­tar.com.my

PUTRAJAYA: The short­age of teach­ers at Chi­nese pri­mary schools is mainly in ad­min­is­tra­tive po­si­tions and as such, it could be re­solved by June.

Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk Chong Sin Woon said as of March 1, there was a short­age of 347 teach­ers at all SJKCs but these were not in teach­ing and learn­ing (PDP) po­si­tions.

“There is ac­tu­ally a sur­plus of aca­demic teach­ers in our sys­tem,” he said.

“The short­age is in ad­min­is­tra­tive cat­e­gories such as head­mas­ters as well as other ar­eas like guid­ance teach­ers, spe­cial ed­u­ca­tion teach­ers, li­brary teach­ers and Is­lamic ed­u­ca­tion teach­ers.

“To re­solve this short­age, we will be pro­mot­ing teach­ers in PDP posi- tions to fill up the va­can­cies.

“We will also be con­duct­ing a trans­fer of teach­ers in June. They should be able to fill up the other po­si­tions.

“In ad­di­tion to that, there will be 337 tem­po­rary teach­ers who will be com­plet­ing their cour­ses at the teacher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tutes (IPGs) in June.

“We have asked that these grad­u­ates be in­ter­viewed by the Ed­u­ca­tion Ser­vices Com­mis­sion as soon as pos­si­ble so that they could fill up the va­can­cies by Au­gust,” said Chong af­ter chair­ing a meet­ing at the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry here.

The meet­ing was held with mem­bers of the spe­cial task force set up to ad­dress the is­sue of teacher short­age in SJKCs.

Chong said an­other 493 Bach­e­lor in Ed­u­ca­tion stu­dents were ex­pected to grad­u­ate from IPGs in De­cem­ber, which would fur­ther ad­dress the short­age prob­lem.

On an­other mat­ter, Chong said the is­sue of the Kirkby In­ter­na­tional Col­lege grad­u­ates not re­ceiv­ing their scrolls and tran­scripts had been re­solved.

“The 447 stu­dents, who grad­u­ated from their Bach­e­lor in Ed­u­ca­tion course from the col­lege, un­der­went a con­vo­ca­tion cer­e­mony but due to some is­sues, they were not given their scrolls and tran­scripts.

“As a re­sult, they were not able to ap­ply for per­ma­nent teach­ing jobs.

“Af­ter hav­ing a meet­ing with the Higher Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry, the mat­ter was re­solved and the grad­u­ates re­ceived their scrolls and tran­scripts on March 16,” he said.

Looks good: Chong (cen­tre) hav­ing a dis­cus­sion with (from left) Teacher Ed­u­ca­tion Divi­sion di­rec­tor Datuk Mah­mud Karim, chair­man of the United Chi­nese School Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion Datuk Ong Chiow Chuen, deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the Fed­er­a­tion of Chi­nese As­so­ci­a­tion Malaysia Datuk Dr Chin Yew Sin and pres­i­dent of Na­tional Union of Head of Schools Malaysia Wong Shee Fatt at the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry in Putrajaya.

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