12 June 2012 – 05:31am
The Sun http://www.thesundaily.my/news/404817
THE Education Ministry has issued guidelines for schools to hold joint programmes with parent-teacher associations and non-governmental organisations to add value to the efforts to shape the personality of students.
Deputy Minister Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong said the responsibility was widened so that teachers would not be burdened beyond the teaching hours.
“We have also involved teachers but not up to the point that they have to return to school even on Saturdays. That is why we have set the guidelines. This must be adhered to,” he said when replying to a question from Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang (PAS-Marang).
Wee said the ministry would consider the justification of a proposed programme so as not to burden teachers.
“However, in addressing the social problems, we should not only look at the school’s point of view but also the perspective of society,” he said.
Responding to a supplementary question from Datuk Ismail Kasim (BN-Arau) on a proposal to have special examinations to enable non-graduate teachers to be promoted to Grade DG41, Wee said the ministry had provided many opportunities to teachers to further their studies. He said this included offers to to acquire degrees at teacher training institutions.
“For those who cannot afford to do so, the improved salary scheme gives them an opportunity to earn salaries higher than that of Grade DG41 based on seniority,” he said.
Wee said teachers who were prepared to further their studies in public universities had a better chance of moving up, including getting promoted to Grade DG54.
(Source: The Sun/ Bernama)