Saturday April 28, 2012
4,800 new teachers
PETALING JAYA: The Education Ministry is taking steps to ensure Bachelor of Education graduates from public universities (IPTAs) will be absorbed in schools from May.
Over 4,800 new graduate teachers from IPTAs will receive their posting next month.
“A total of 4,671 graduate teachers will be sent to schools on May 23 while another 150 graduate teachers will be posted in July,” Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in a statement.
He revealed that the Education Services Commission had interviewed 4,953 candidates from IPTAs.
Only graduate teachers from IPTAs will receive their postings while graduates from private institutions of higher education (IPTS) will not be called for an interview by the commission yet.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, explained that graduate teachers from IPTAs were given preference over those from IPTS because their intake and the subjects they majored in were planned by the ministry.
Graduate teachers from IPTAs had earlier experessed concern over a delay in their posting.
In Ranau, Sabah, Muhyiddin, who was on a two-day visit to the state, said the education system needed a revamp to produce a new breed of experts and skilled workers.
He said the current system had been adequate but the time had come to elevate it further to ensure the country achieved its goals.
“We must place importance on education to meet the manpower needs of the country,” he said when opening SMK Ranau and handing over of land to Institut Aminuddin Baki.
Malaysia, he said, would need another 3.3 million new workers in the next eight years in addition to the existing 12 million.
Meanwhile, at a dialogue in Kota Kinabalu later with the DPM, teachers said they were not given any special allowance for teaching the Kadazandusun language.
Muhyiddin urged teachers who were about to retire to properly plan for their golden years.