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'We represent all PTAs in nation'

DULY ELECTED National PTA Collaborative Council denies it is illegal

Associate Professor Datuk Mohd Ali Hassan says he is improving the council’s structure

The National Parent-Teacher Association Collaborative Council has refuted allegations that the council does not represent all parent-teacher associations (PTAs) in the country.

 Its presiden,t Datuk Mohd Ali Hassan said the council has been in existence since 1996 and has held meetings in several states as well as organised education seminars with  the Education Ministry.

 He said it was wrong for anyone to question the legality of the council as it was registered with the Education Ministry.

 Ali was commenting on a letter published in the New Straits Times last week which alleged  that the council also known as Majlis Permuafakatan Persatuan IbuBapa dan Guru Nasional (PIBGN), had never held any election to elect its executive committee, including the president.

 The letter, written by an executive committee member of a PTA, also questioned the legality of the council and its representation on education issues on behalf of other PTAs in the country.

 "This council was formed in 1996 following a national PTA conference at Universiti Utara Malaysia. The members are elected from PTAs from various states," said Ali.

 "The council later received an endorsement  from Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, then the education minister, during one of our meetings in Port Dickson.

 "Since then we have had gatherings every three years, which are also attended by representatives from the Education Ministry and Institut Aminuddin Baki.

 "We  have also conducted seminars together with the Education Ministry on school discipline and the functions of PTAs," Ali told the New Sunday Times.

 The council, he said, was presently improving the structure of the organisation to ensure all stakeholders were  represented.



Source:  Latest - New Straits Times 13 November 2011

Tags: education, pta
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