KUALA LUMPUR: The National Union of Teaching Profession presented a nine-point memorandum to the Education Ministry yesterday.
Among them, said NUTP president Hashim Adnan, were requests to improve the school-based assessment (PBS) system and the teaching profession in terms of management, administration, salary and promotions.
Hashim, speaking at a Gathering of Malaysian Teachers which was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, said the PBS system needed to be reviewed as there had been many complaints from teachers who claimed they were burdened by it.
More than 5,000 NUTP members were present at the gathering.
The ministry, Hashim added, should also allocate standardised and sufficient funds for activities involving teachers.
He also expressed hope that the government would create a grade N17 teacher's assistant post in all schools to overcome problems pertaining to student information system and inventory management.
"NUTP also urges the government to make it a requirement that administrators at district education offices have a teaching background to improve management at this level."
On student discipline, Hashim said the ministry needed to approve the amended discipline regulations.
He also requested for the new salary schedule, approved by the government and to be implemented early next year at the latest, and called on the state education departments to manage the matter at state level.
"This is to simplify the process of recruiting substitute teachers, including untrained teachers and teachers for Chinese and Tamil schools." Bernama
New Straits Times General 04 November 2012