7,079 untrained temporary teachers offered courses

PUTRAJAYA (Dec 19, 2011): A total 7,079 untrained temporary teachers will be offered teacher training courses from January next year.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Wee Ka Siong said of the number, 4,433 would be undergoing courses at public higher institutions of learning and the rest at teachers training institutes.

He said they were among 13,184 untrained temporary teachers who had served since June last year and were given priority since they had met the stipulated conditions.

“The ministry treats seriously any views and complaints connected to untrained temporary teachers. Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister, is concerned with the problems faced by this group.

“This announcement today indicates the commitment of the deputy prime minister who has fulfilled his promise to the 13,184 untrained temporary teachers serving the ministry,” he said after chairing a Temporary Teachers’ Special Committee meeting here, yesterday.

Wee said, of the 13,184 untrained temporary teachers, 1,799 were undergoing holiday teachers’ training courses while 2,788 did not furnish complete documents to be considered but were given until Dec 26 to appeal.

Apart from that, he said 2,928 were not qualified as they were overaged or had served less than two years.

However, he said they were offered short-term contracts which could be renewed depending on need.

He gave his word the salary of those under such contracts would be the same as when they were untrained temporary teachers.

Wee said Muhyiddin had also decided that all the such teachers need not repay the salary they had received since last October.-- Bernama