Throughout my teaching career, I have never bothered much about the borang prestasi. I just signed my part and handed in the forms every year without asking how many marks I got. But this year is different. (If you want to know why please read my first article) After being sent to the gallows for asking the principal to certify my certs because I wanted to apply to do a PhD, I know that the principal would not give me too many marks. What should I do now? Should I sign the borang prestasi or not? If I sign, I am sure that she will give me very low marks. If I don't, what kind of action will she take against me? Yes, she will certainly do something to me. Either way, I am condemned to hell. That's why I am writing now. I need your advice, my dear Mystar friends. Is it legally right to ask someone to sign something she doesn't know? This is the procedure in most of the schools. Signing the prestasi form is like putting my signature on a piece of blank paper. I will never know the consequences of it until something bad happens to me by that time it's already too late. The principal can give me very low marks and write anything she wants about me on the prestasi form and it is assumed that I have accepted the marks and all her comments even though I am forced to sign the form beforehand.
Edelweiss56 told me that her promotion from DG41 to DG 48 in the year 2001 was delayed for two years because her principal and PK1 gave her very low marks. She didn't know about it until she was denied her promotion. When she checked her marks at the ministry, she found out that she was given only 79.4 marks the year before, still short of 0.36 marks for her promotion. She called the NUTP and was told to see the Timbalan Pengarah (TB) over this matter since her school did not follow procedure. By right the teachers should see the marks first before they sign but the opposite seems to be true for most of the schools. When Edelweiss56 sought justice from the TB, he said that he couldn't do anything for her because she has already signed the forms. When she asked to be transfered to another school immediately, the TB told her to wait till the end of the year and see what marks she would get. She waited till the end of the year and this time she got only 63 marks probably as a punishment for her for seeking justice from the NUTP and TB. She went to see the TB again and he told her the same old story i.e. since she has signed the prestasi form beforehand, she has to accept her fate. Are the marks valid? If they are, does it mean that it is legally right to force someone to sign something she doesn't know and then be held responsible for whatever outcome that flows from it?
When Edelweiss56 finally got her transfer the following year, she was given 85 marks by her new principal. In the same year, she was also given the anugerah perkhidmatan cemerlang. She is actually a very dedicated teacher. But why did she get low marks one year and high marks the following year? The answer is very obvious. If the school principal does not like the teacher she will give her very low marks even though the teacher may be very hardworking. Is the laporan penilaian prestasi the best way to evaluate the teachers? Is it doing justice to the teachers?
Edelweiss56 just called to tell me about the teacher in Kuantan who sued her school principal for damages amounting to RM228000 for denying her the right to her yearly increments and the emotional trauma that she went through. I truly sympathize with this teacher and I really salute her for her courage to seek justice. And tonight I am writing this article to seek justice not only for myself but for all those teachers who are suffering in silence but dare not voice out their grievances.
Should the school principals who are themselves not much better than the teachers or may even be worse than them be given the authority to chastise the teachers they do not like through the borang penilaian prestasi? What rights do they have to shape the future of the teachers? We all know that teachers who know how to bodek and spy for the principals are given very high marks whilst those who only want to make an honest living are sent to the gallows. That's why many teachers feel that it's no use working hard nowadays. To survive one must learn to work smart and this means that one has to be selfish, cruel and cunning. If the teachers and school principals are like this, what will happen to our masyarakat penyayang?
Source: The Star Online Blog THURSDAY, OCTOBER 07, 2010 Posted by: mountainphoenix