KAJANG: The order to transfer the teacher who protested the implementation of the School-Based Assessment (PBS) system probably came from district-level administrators, and not the Education Minister.
"I want to make it clear that I did not give any instruction to take action against any teacher, including those who are in the Suara Guru Masyarakat Malaysia (SGMM) group," said Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on Monday.
He said that the transfer of Mohd Nor Izzat Mohd Johari, who acted as SGMM committee chairman, probably involved district-level administration and that he was not aware if the decision was made because the teacher voiced his dissatisfaction of the system or other factors.
He added that the Ministry never had the intention of burdening him.
"Teachers can voice out their opinions, yes they can, but they must do it according to proper procedures as stipulated in the circular," he said.
"I have decided that the best way for the Ministry to overcome the PBS issue is to postpone its implementation, so that a study can be done to improve the system," he told reporters at Surau Al-Falah, Kampung Bukit Dukung, here Monday.
Muhyiddin said the most important thing to do after the postponement was for the Ministry to find suitable methods to ensure implementation of the system is better for all quarters.
On Sunday, the Ministry's director-general Datuk Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said that teachers need not continue implementing the system until the Ministry made an official statement on the matter.
He also said the Ministry would make the results of the study public. - Bernama
The STAR Home News Nation 24/02/2014