Thursday, January 20, 2011
Temporary teachers seek to stay on
Sabah Non-Trained Temporary Teachers committee chairman Norman Lantayan submitted a memorandum on the matter to the office of Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also education minister, yesterday.
The memorandum was received by Muhyiddin's political secretary, Yusuf Haniff.
"We are pinning our hopes on the deputy prime minister to clear the uncertainty and come up with a positive and fair solution to the issue," said Lantayan, adding that temporary teachers wanted to continue teaching.
Lantayan, who was accompanied by his deputy, Junaidi Paik, and Umno Youth exco member Jamawi Jaafar, said the majority of temporary teachers were experienced and serving in the rural areas.
Some of them are hoping that the ministry would absorb them into teacher training colleges so that they could obtain a qualification.
The teachers, some of whom have been teaching for more than 10 years, only have the Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia or Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia qualification.
Jamawi said schools with a large number of temporary teachers might be affected if the services of temporary teachers was discontinued.
He said schools with a substantial number of temporary teachers included SMK Teknik Lahad Datu (19), SMK Kemabong Tenom (13) and SMK Kota Marudu (11).