STU still await­ing MoE’s an­nounce­ment on steps to re­duce bur­den on teach­ers

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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.

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