PUTRAJAYA: Only the best graduates from teacher education institutes (IPG) will be placed in government schools under a proposed plan.
Education Minister II Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh said, however, details of the plan would be announced later.
He added that there would be no guarantee of places in government schools for graduates of IPG in future.
“We will announce how and when we will implement this as well as how we can help those who fail to secure employment in government schools.
“Many people say we need to improve the standard of teachers so this is one way of doing it,” Idris said at the convocation ceremony of the Teacher Education Institute of Malaysia (IPGM) here yesterday.
He noted that in Finland, only the top students become teachers.
“That is why the standard of teaching there is high.
“Selecting only the best has been outlined in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025 and it will be implemented in stages,” he said.
National Union of the Teaching Profession secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng noted that some teachers might not have good results at the IPG but they could be better teachers than their high-scoring peers.
“I totally agree that we need the best people to teach our students but they must have passion for the teaching profession and a heart for the students,” she said.
Sarawak Teachers' Union acting president Jisin Nyud said the Education Ministry needed to be clear on the criteria.
“What is the definition of the best'?
“Some teachers may not be good academically but they might be good at teaching and they should be given a chance,” he said.
Jisin also questioned what would happen to graduates who were not posted to national schools.
The STAR Online Home News 28/05/2013