Five ini­tia­tives to re­duce teach­ers’ work bur­den

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SER­DANG: The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion have out­lined five ini­tia­tives and nine in­ter­ven­tions to re­duce the bur­den of teach­ers, which be­gins in Jan­uary this year.

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Dr Mas­zlee Ma­lik said all the ini­tia­tives were in­tro­duced to en­sure that the teach­ing process was fo­cused on teach­ers teach­ing and work­ing hap­pily rather than mak­ing the no­ble task some­thing tor­tur­ing and bur­den­some.

“The min­istry will en­deav­our to bring teach­ers back to the tasks of ed­u­cat­ing and teach­ing by abol­ish­ing cler­i­cal du­ties which are found to be dis­turb­ing the main task of teach­ers prior to this,” he said when de­liv­er­ing his mes­sage, “Ed­u­ca­tion For All, Ev­ery­one’s Re­spon­si­bil­ity” at Univer­siti Pu­tra Malaysia ( UPM) here yes­ter­day.

Mas­zlee said the first ini­tia­tive was to fa­cil­i­tate the man­age­ment of file and doc­u­men­ta­tion through three in­ter­ven­tions, namely, the Text­book Loan Scheme (SPBT), the com­mit­tee file and the class­room as­sess­ment re­port ( PBD).

For the man­age­ment of SPBT, the min­istry had im­proved the record­ing process where teach­ers did not need to write ac­qui­si­tions, re­duc­tion in the num­ber of file and fill­ing of in­for­ma­tion via soft­copy, he said.

For com­mit­tee file man­age­ment, the school was given au­ton­omy in de­ter­min­ing the num­ber of com­mit­tee files and the doc­u­ments would be kept, ei­ther a soft­copy or hard­copy copy, based on the school’s need and suit­abil­ity, he said.

“For PBD re­port­ing, print­outs only need to be done based on school needs. The PBD im­ple­men­ta­tion guide has also been up­loaded to the Cur­ricu­lum De­vel­op­ment Di­vi­sion ( BPK) web­site, “he said.

Mas­zlee said the sec­ond ini­tia­tive was about man­ag­ing data and on­line sys­tems that would be done through two in­ter­ven­tions, that all data col­lec­tion and ac­qui­si­tion of school, teach­ers and pupils should be taken from the ex­ist­ing data sources in the sys­tems adopted by all par­ties in the min­istry.

The in­ter­ven­tion also in­volves a full-fledged on­line at­ten­dance sys­tem, which meant the teach­ers would no longer have to fill in the pupils’ ar­rival book, while for schools with no in­ter­net ac­cess, pupil at­ten­dance could be man­u­ally recorded in the stu­dent’s at­ten­dance sched­ule, he said.

Fol­low­ing the abo­li­tion of the Level 1 Exam, Mas­zlee said the third ini­tia­tive in re­duc­ing the bur­den of teach­ers was that schools were al­lowed to de­vise them­selves the Lit­er­acy and Numer­acy ( LINUS) im­ple­men­ta­tion that was ap­pro­pri­ate to the needs of the stu­dents.

He said schools must iden­tify Level 1 stu­dents who had dif­fi­culty mas­ter­ing read­ing, writ­ing and cal­cu­lat­ing skills as well as pro­vid­ing ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­ven­tion or re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion at the school level.

Mas­zlee said the fourth ini­tia­tive was re­lated to the stan­dard­i­s­a­tion of forms and the mon­i­tor­ing process which were im­ple­mented in­volv­ing in­volv­ing two in­ter­ven­tions to en­sure that teach­ers were no longer bur­dened with fill­ing the can­teen clean­li­ness, safety and rat­ing forms.

Through this, all can­teen op­er­a­tors were re­quired to com­plete the Can­teen SelfAssess­ment Form and the val­i­da­tion would be made by the Stu­dent Af­fairs Se­nior As­sis­tant ( HEM) only, while the Clean­ing and Se­cu­rity Con­trac­tor’s Per­for­mance and Se­cu­rity ser­vice per­for­mance form was man­aged by the con­trac­tor and would be reg­u­lated and ap­proved by the Prin­ci­pal or Head­mas­ter or Se­nior As­sis­tant only, he said.

Mas­zlee said the fifth ini­tia­tive in­cluded co- or­di­na­tion in the set­ting up of school-level com­mit­tees where in­ter­ven­tions that would be im­ple­mented would en­sure that var­i­ous com­mit­tees un­re­lated to the task of ed­u­ca­tion were abol­ished. — Ber­nama

Dr Wan Az­izah (sec­ond right) lis­tens to a brief­ing on an ap­pli­ca­tion on cer­vi­cal can­cer screen­ing af­ter launch­ing the ROSE Pro­gram­meme. — Ber­nama photo

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