Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik has announced some good news for teachers from this year onward that will reduce their workload, after listening to complaints how there is too much paperwork and not enough time to focus on teaching.
Much of the news surrounding Dr Maszlee’s work for Malaysia has been centred around the negative and things that were heavily criticized by both sides of the political party, however some good news finally arrived as The Star reports that the National union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) are rejoicing at his latest announcement.
“This will enable teachers to have more time to teach, have face time with students, to learn about the students’ ability through continuous assessment and also for the teachers to have more interaction time with the parents.
“The idea is to always make sure that teachers are doing what they are supposed to do and not get distracted,” NUTP secretary-general Harry Tan was reported by The Star to have said.
This was after Dr Maszlee announced five initiatives consisting of nine interventions to be carried out from January onwards.
Firstly, would be the Textbook Loan Scheme (SPBT), subject committee files and classroom-based assessment reports that will be see their filing and documentation process simplified.
As for collection and management of school, teacher and student data it shall be taken from ministry-approved data sources while student attendance would be recorded online fully except for school with no internet connection. Those schools will be allowed to do so manually.
As the abolition of mid-year and year-end exams for Level One pupils has taken place, schools will be allowed to conduct their own literacy and numeracy assessments (LINUS) independently for those pupils, according to MyMetro.
The fourth initiative will be the standardization of forms and monitoring processes, ensuring that teachers are no longer filling in forms for cleanliness, safety and canteen ratings.
“The fifth initiative is the coordination of school-level committees, the interventions implemented will ensure that various committees unrelated to teaching work will be abolished,” he was reported saying according to The Star.
“All five of these initiatives will come into effect immediately. I urge all parties from all walks of life to have the skills to help make this happen.
“I also welcome anyone who wants to be together in the nation’s construction agenda through education,” he was quoted saying by MyMetro.
by Bob tan
15th January 2019 15:38