Education Ministry to resolve shortage of SJKC admin teachers

FAIRUZ MOHD SHAHAR


PUTRAJAYA: The Education Ministry is expected to resolve the issues on shortage of administrative teachers at Chinese national primary schools (SJKC) by August.


Deputy Education Minister Datuk Chong Sin Woon said SJKC schools are currently facing a shortage of 347 teachers, due to mandatory or optional retirement.


"The shortage of teachers involved those serving administration roles such as guidance teachers, special education teachers, media and library teachers; and Islamic religious teachers.


"So far, we have no issues with the number of academic teachers as there are more than enough.


"There are two ways to resolve this problem. Firstly, the academic teachers can fill the vacancies as administrative teachers and secondly, through the teacher transfer scheme where extra teachers will be transferred to schools that are in need of manpower.


"This scheme will begin in June," he told reporters at a press conference after chairing the special committee meeting to address the lack of administrative teachers in SJKC.


He said the special committee had also agreed for the Malaysia Education Service Commission to conduct immediate interviews for 337 temporary teachers who are currently studying at the Institute for Teacher Education.


"The undergraduates are expected to complete their studies by June. We hope the new teachers will fill the vacancies by August," he said.