Thursday, December 16, 2010

100 teachers in Selangor refuse to be redeployed

100 teachers in Selangor refuse to be redeployed

December 16, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 16 — Some 100 teachers involved in a redeployment exercise have refused to be transferred to other districts in Selangor.

National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan said the 84 English language and 16 Malay language optional teachers were redeployed under the programme to strengthen the teaching of Bahasa Malaysia and English.

“Mismatch of teachers was among the factors that gave rise to this problem. Transfer of teachers will cause more problems rather than solve existing ones,” he told a press conference at Wisma NUTP here today.

Hashim said the ministry should consider factors like age, health and family when considering appeals from the 100 teachers redeployed.

Meanwhile, NUTP secretary Lok Yim Pheng said the transfer of teachers to districts involves high transportation cost.

“They have to leave their families and only get to meet them on weekends, thus creating problems. Transfer on short notice is inhuman.”

Lok urged the government to increase the age of teachers pursuing the ministry’s long-distance study to 48 years from 45 at present.

“The age for those studying on their own should also be increased from 50 to 53 years. We need to create professional teachers,” she added. — Bernama

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