Monday March 19, 2012
DPM: Don’t politicise teacher shortage issue
By MARTIN CARVALHO
KUALA LUMPUR: The protest over the lack of teachers at Chinese schools should not be politicised by any party, said Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
“I hope that this will not become a political issue,” he told reporters this after launching the Federal Territory Umno election machinery here yesterday.
The Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister said steps were being taken to address the concerns raised by the groups and their protest should not be viewed as though the ministry was not doing anything to resolve issues faced by Chinese schools.
Muhyiddin said this when asked to comment on the protest by Chinese educationist groups, United Chinese School Teachers Association (Jiao Zong) and United Chinese School Committees Association (Dong Zong), over the shortage of teachers at Chinese primary schools nationwide.
On Sunday, about 100 representatives of the groups held a protest at SRJK(C) Pay Fong III at Bukit Cina Malacca.
A similar protest would be held at Dong Zong's headquarters in Kajang, Selangor at 11am on March 25.
He said Deputy Education Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong had met up with the groups recently to better understand their grouses to address the shortage of Chinese language teachers and teachers of other subjects at Chinese primary schools nationwide.
“The outcome of the meeting will be presented to me next week.
“The decision we take will be based on resolving the problem of the shortage and not something we do without taking into consideration their actual needs,” he said.
He noted that teachers sent to Chinese schools needed to have proper training not only to master the particular subject they taught but also Mandarin.
At present, he said teachers sent to the Chinese schools which faced teaching shortages was a temporary measure, with the ministry working towards a long-term solution.