STU still awaiting MoE’s announcement on steps to reduce burden on teachers
SIBU: Sarawak Teachers Union (STU) is awaiting the Ministry of Education’s (MoE) announcement regarding steps to reduce the burden on teachers.
It is reported that Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik, at a press conference during the National Union of the Teaching Profession ( NUTP) assembly in Kuala Lumpur last December, said his ministry had outlined ‘ nine interventions’ slated for reducing the burden on teachers, which is expected to be announced today.
According to Maszlee, the interventions came about following the 16 engagements sessions between MoE and NUTP.
On this, STU president Macky Joseph said the union would want the MoE to arrange better deals for Sarawak regarding matters concerning the teachers and their duties.
“STU seeks engagement from the ministry to ensure that the teachers would be happy and excited in doing their job.
“At such, STU is urging for more engagements with the teachers’ unions and associations towards enabling the ministry to listen to the grassroots and adopt the bottom-up approach in formulating policies,” he said in a statement yesterday.
It is reported that beginning this month, the MoE strives to ensure that teachers would no longer be burdened with clerical duties.
Based on a MoE report on last August, 4.4 per cent – or 2,123 – out of 48,258 teachers were classified as ‘ having moderate levels of stress’.
In his recent remarks, Maszlee had said that the MoE was aware of teachers facing more challenging tasks and in this regard, he stressed that the main role of a teacher was to educate children.
“But now, they are being burdened with clerical work and as a result, they’re unable to focus on the teaching-learning process in classrooms,” he was quoted as having said.