December 2nd, 2015

Teacher trainers unhappy with changes introduced by management

KUALA LUMPUR: Lecturers from the Institute of Teachers Education are unhappy with new regulations on their annual leave system and masters qualification requirement placed by its top management.

Represented by the National Union of Teachers Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan and Datuk Lok Yin Peng, they said the lecturers will no longer be getting the school term breaks simultaneously with schools but instead be forced to take annual leaves. Hashim requested that the institute's rector retract the instruction for the change in the lecturer’s holiday system as the majority of them did not agree to it.

National Union of Teachers Profession (NUTP) president Hashim Adnan and Datuk Lok Yin Peng at a press conference at Wisma NUTP, Jalan Ipoh. Pix by Muhd Asyraf Sawal
NUTP, he said, had done a survey on 16 out of the 27 campuses across the country and found that 92 per cent of the lecturers were against the change.

There are about 3,000 lecturers in such institutes nationwide with 80 per cent of them being NUTP members. He said it wouldn't be an issue if no one objected to it.

However, it was clear that it was not favoured among those affected. Lok said the excuse given by management was illogical.

"They said the institute was undergoing transformation, thus the lecturers were no longer considered teachers but were at a higher level.

"However, their salary grades are just the same. They also need to go to school and monitor the teachers in training.

"The students and teachers in training gets a break, thus the lecturers too need a break and it is very important they get it as their job is different.

"They need to be emotionally stable to work...," she told reporters during a press conference at the NUTP headquarters.

Lok said the lecturer’s job is simultaneously planned according to the school calendar. This may affect the lecturer's option in taking annual leave as it would affect their class schedule and force them to make replacement classes.

She also said the institute should not compare these lecturers to the professors in universities as the latter gets sabbatical leave and flexible hours.

She said the institute's lecturers are not offered any such leaves but only directed to change the holiday breaks so they can do more office work.

She said the institute was now being managed with an iron fist as the top management did not bother to discuss or consider the opinions of those affected by it.

Meanwhile, Hashim said another issue faced by the lecturers was that those without a masters degree would be sent back to schools to be teachers.

He said this has instilled fear and worry among the lecturers. About 800 of the lecturers nationwide do not hold a masters degree.

This ruling, he said, will also come into affect in January. Hashim said the institute had earlier announced 200 people would be first to be affected by the ruling.

"Many of them without a masters degree are nearing retirement. They are experienced in training teachers, why would you send them back to be teachers again?

"Please consider their dignity. Let them retire peacefully as a lecturer. Then, when the new batches come in, make sure you only accept those with masters.

"For the lecturers who still have six or more years in the service, send them to do their masters. Why waste all their knowledge and experience just like that? It is as though they do not appreciate their staff," he said.

Lok urged that the institute's rector and top management relook at the two issues. She said in efforts to transform an organisation, the welfare of its staff needs to be protected as well.

Cadangan Tukar Jadual Cuti Pensyarah IPG Masih Dalam Perancangan

KUALA NERANG, 1 Dis (Bernama) -- Cadangan penukaran jadual cuti untuk pensyarah kepada 'cuti rehat tahunan' iaitu 35 hari bermula tahun depan masih di peringkat perancangan dan belum dimuktamadkan.

Rektor Institut Pendidikan Guru Malaysia (IPGM) Datuk Sulaiman Wak berkata proses perbincangan teliti dan mendapatkan pandangan menyeluruh semua pihak perlu dibuat terlebih dahulu sebelum memuktamadkan keputusan.

"Kemudian kami akan bawa kepada pengurusan tertinggi dan selepas ia dipersetujui kami akan bawa pula kepada agensi pusat atau pihak berkaitan lain kerana ia ada kaitan dengan persaraan dan sebagainya," katanya.

Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang media selepas menghadiri majlis penutup Kem Integrasi Kepimpinan Pengawas Rancangan Integrasi Murid Untuk Perpaduan 2015 di sini, hari ini.

Menteri Pendidikan Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid dan Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran Malaysia Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof turut hadir.

NUTP sebelum ini menggesa IPG supaya mengekalkan jadual cuti untuk pensyarah institusi itu yang diguna pakai ketika ini iaitu mengikut kalendar cuti sekolah.

Presidennya Hashim Adnan dilapor berkata gesaan itu dibuat atas desakan pensyarah IPG sendiri yang mahukan sistem sedia ada diteruskan berikutan ia akan ditukar kepada cuti rehat tahunan mulai 1 Jan tahun depan.

Sulaiman bagaimanapun berkata cadangan itu adalah wajar memandangkan hasil pemantauan pihaknya mendapati kira-kira 70 peratus pensyarah IPG bersetuju dengan cadangan berkenaan.

"Cadangan berkenaan dilihat memberi kelebihan kepada pensyarah supaya dapat menikmati jadual cuti rehat tahunan lebih teratur dan terancang," katanya dan meminta NUTP datang dan berbincang secara berhemah dengan pihaknya dan tidak membuat kenyataan melulu.

-- BERNAMA December 01, 2015 22:05PM

See also: IPG lecturers anxious over move to recall them as school teachers

The difference between a teacher and IPG lecturer: What’s in a name — Azizi Ahmad

DECEMBER 2 — A teacher is the general term for someone whose job it is to teach normally in primary or secondary school.

Originated in a Hindu context signifying the sacred place of knowledge and the imparter of knowledge. “The etymological claims that ‘gu’ means darkness and ‘ru’ means light — therefore ‘guru’ literally mean ‘the one who brings you from darkness to light’.

Teaching spans a much larger spectrum and is a two-way interaction where teachers go far beyond just delivering content. It entails understanding of the affective domain and to cater to diverse learning styles through various kinds of teaching and testing methodologies.

The essentials of good teaching lie in contextualisation, learner-centredness, careful lesson planning, balancing of process and product, and gradual spiral progression including personalised remedial for learners who require more help at certain stages.

The target audience for such teaching is usually in high school and below. At higher levels, the lines between teacher and lecturer could blur and intersect, but generally, lecturing is one part of teaching, intended for specific purposes, and usually with a more limited yet relatively relaxed job profile

Teachers do it all. They have to. Across all ages, languages, ethnicities, and subjects, teachers are, and need to be, some of the most widely skilled people around in order to be successful.

A day in the life of a teacher can vary greatly depending on the subject and grade level in which they teach.

From kindergarten to high school and special education to statistics, one theme runs consistently throughout every great teacher’s career: their job does not end with the school day. Although standing in front of the classroom is a huge part of a teacher’s responsibilities, they extend far beyond that into the lives of their students, their students’ families and their community.

A teacher may help a student-in-need after class, attend PTA meetings and root on the school’s sports and games team on the weekend.

A teacher may also attend relevant conferences, network with other teachers and engage in continuing education to stay at the forefront of their specialty.

Teachers teach, and we all know that. Teachers also do so much more. Teachers motivate, inspire and lead. They interact with their community to affect positive change through their students and themselves. Teachers change lives.

A lecturer is someone who gives a lecture or formal presentation, particularly at a college, educational institutes or university without professorial status.

Lecturing is a kind of teaching, usually in tertiary education levels, catering to students in graduate or undergraduate levels. It is most a mostly a one-way method of delivering content where students are older and thus expected to be self-regulated learners who have sound auditory skills.

Lecturing does not require the lecturer to know his/her students and usually begins and ends with the lecture itself.

Despite what the name might imply, a lecturer is not someone who harangues you about combing your hair, driving too fast, tucking in your shirt, or eating all your vegetables.

Quite to the contrary, a lecturer is a person who is well versed in either specific or multiple subjects, and imparts his advice to an audience in search of knowledge or inspiration. Most commonly, such speakers are experts in their field. That said, as can be testified to by anyone who has ever sat through a boring lecture, not all of these orators are trained in public speaking.

On the professional lecture circuit, you can find a host of celebrities, politicians, and authors. The purpose of their lectures can come in many forms. Some take the podium to promote a personal cause, while others may be relating life experiences for the entertainment of the crowd. Some lecturers are attempting to make a persuasive argument, convincing those who listen that their views or opinions are more correct than those of others. Some are simply promoting a book, movie, or product, interspersing amusing anecdotes amidst the sales pitch.

So who are actually the IPG lecturers who are worried about going back to school as ‘teachers’, worrying about missing the same holidays period with the school. They are actually school teachers,  carrying the same DG (Darjat Guru) grades as the Malaysian school teachers, they are teachers in schools before,  except that when they were selected or placed in IPG they are called ‘lecturers’ (and my guess they love the word).

Now, what do they do in IPG as lecturers? Of course, the term lecturer means they ‘lecture’ and maybe they had forgotten to ‘teach’. My guess is they just ‘throw things out’ and that’s it. But in reality, the IPG lecturers do the same as the school teachers except they do have time in not being involved with extra-curricular activities like the school teachers do. They do come sometimes on Saturdays and Sundays to teach PPG programmes, KDC programmes which is paid programmes.

And recently, the IPG lecturers are supposed to write, do research and published their writings, and this may affect the lives of the ‘lecturers’.  The lecturers may now be at the level of ‘university lecturers’, while teachers in schools need to do action research. So what is that to worry, go on with the wonderful life of an educator, after all ‘teaching’ is a noble profession.

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