PETALING JAYA: The Ministry of Education is serious about overhauling its system in a bid to stop more teachers from leaving the profession due to being overburdened with paperwork and numerous other tasks.
It is believed that almost 45 per cent of young graduates leave the profession two years after signing up.
In a report in The Malay Mail, the ministry’s director-general Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof said teachers were under too much stress and pressure to complete loads of paperwork as well as prepare for lessons every day.
“We are aware of their stress, pressure, predicament and woes … it’s a daily occurrence in schools,” the report quoted him as saying.
Meanwhile president of the National Union of the Teaching Profession, Kamarolzaman Razak confirmed that the tremendous paperwork teachers were forced to put up with caused many graduates to leave the service after just two years into their jobs.
“They are overloaded with paper work. This causes them stress. The ministry should take heed of the struggle of teachers and not overburden them with numerous tasks.”
Khair said his ministry was aware of the issue and planned to introduce the online teaching system of 1BestariNet, with the aim of reducing the workload of teachers by at least 50 per cent.
“With the online system, teachers will be able to organise e-learning classes instead of depending only on textbooks or reading materials,” Khair said, adding that those new to the profession would be offered development programmes to monitor their progress.
He also addressed the issue of promotions and said instead of the usual eight years, his ministry was ready to promote deserving teachers after just five years.
“Some of the new teachers have been promoted as they are competent and can deliver better than those who have been around longer,” he said, adding that he was aware that many quit the profession after being disillusioned over promotion prospects due to the long wait.
“Waiting for eight years is extremely long, which is why the ministry should initiate fast track promotions to reward those who perform,” he said.
“If they deserve promotion in five years, they should not be forced to wait another three years. Fast track promotion will encourage them to deliver more.”