Monday, June 27, 2011

Good News to Teachers

TEACHERS could soon have more reason to cheer as the Education Ministry looks at better ways to recognise their services.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the ministry was conducting lab studies to finalise the new grading schemes for teachers and the findings would be ready in “the next few weeks.”
The studies, he said, involved the entire teaching community.
“The Prime Minister has asked us to look into this carefully and we are in the process of finalising things in the labs.
“What we are looking at involves not only principals but the entire teaching community,” he said after delivering his speech at the 50th National Conference on Education Management for Principals on Tuesday.
Muhyiddin (in red shirt) observing SMK Damansara Utama students practise their marching during a visit to the school.
Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said his ministry was giving its utmost attention to the matter and the result of the lab studies would be submitted to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
He added that the move to elevate all principals from Grade DG48 to Grade DG52 would be implemented next year.
Muhyiddin was referring to Najib’s pre-recorded message for Teachers Day, where he announced that 1,228 principals and 6,585 senior asisstants in secondary schools would be promoted to DG52 and DG48 grades respectively.
In addition, he said, 99 senior assistants in cluster primary schools would be promoted to DGA34.
“These announcements would be effective from January 1 next year,” he said.
However, the announcement was not well-received and representatives from the country’s 24 teaching unions who were in Kuching for the national Teachers Day celebrations decided to call for an emergency meeting there.
Joint Teachers Unions Committee chairman Jemale Paiman said many were “very disappointed and depressed” that the announcements only appeared to benefit certain groups out of the almost 400,000 teachers in the country.
Jemale said last month that the joint teachers union committee was hoping to meet Muhyiddin to solve the problems.
Najib had also announced a new promotion scheme for teachers that would come into effect next year in an effort to transform and uplift the teaching profession.
The new scheme would give teachers who normally end up at Grade DG48 after 25 years of service the chance to be placed on grade DG54, depending on which tier they belong to.
He said the Government would introduce a new promotional scheme for teachers involved in teaching and learning known as Guru Wibawa (super teacher) and Pendeta Guru (exemplary teacher).
These teachers would be included in four-tier positions, the first being Guru Biasa (normal teacher), followed by Guru Kanan (senior teacher), Guru Wibawa and Pendeta Guru.
At the ceremony, Muhyiddin also pledged an annual allocation of RM200,000 from the ministry to the National Council of School Principals in conjunction with their golden jubilee.
This was, he said, an appropriate way to recognise the contributions of the council to the nation.
Meanwhile, at a separate function, Muhyiddin said an estimated 3.5 million students from 9,980 schools nationwide will participate in the 1Student 1Sport 1Malaysia run on July 2.
Held in conjunction with the official launch of the Education Ministry’s 1Student 1Sport policy, the run is expected to set a record for “The Largest Participation of School Students in a Run” category in the Malaysia Book of Records.
He said he was looking forward to the event as all students nationwide would run in support of the ministry’s effort to promote sports in schools.
“I hope that the involvement of the teaching community and parents in the event will spark off a keen interest in sports,” he said after visiting SMK Damansara Utama to observe ongoing preparations for the school’s sports day.
Muhyiddin will flag off the 1Student 1Sport 1Malaysia run at 7:45am at the Esplanade in Taiping, Perak.
The event will be broadcast live and students nationwide will run simultaneously for distances no less than 1.5km at their respective schools or at venues decided by the state or district education departments.
In March last year, Muhyiddin announced the 1Student 1Sport policy where secondary school students would get 90 minutes a week to play a game of their choice, while primary school pupils would spend 60 minutes weekly on sports.