Teachers urged to follow instructions on work book usage

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KUALA LUMPUR: The administrators of primary schools in the country are advised to abide by a circular on the usage of work books, “Pekeliling Iktisas Bil 1/2000 : Penggunaan Buku Kerja Di Sekolah Rendah”, to ensure teachers, parents and students are not burdened by it.

The National Union of Teaching Profession (NUTP) secretary-general Tan Huat Hock said students were more interested in learning and not only excelling in their examinations.

“Teachers also should not be burdened, by pushing them to complete the workbooks that it interferes with the learning method and process, he said here today in support of a statement by Deputy Education Minister Chong Sin Woon.

Chong had said the ministry would not hesitate to take disciplinary action against school heads or teachers who failed to comply with the circular, adding that they also had no right to push parents or guardians of students to buy the work books.

Based on the circular, students at Level 1 (Year 1, 2 and 3) are not allowed to use work books because their Activity Exercise Books (BLA) have been provided by the Text Book Division of the Education Ministry.

As for students at Level 2 (Standard 4, 5 and 6) only one work book title is allowed for each student for each KBSR subject, such as Bahasa Melayu, Bahasa Inggeris, Matematik, Sains, Bahasa Cina and Bahasa Tamil.

Apart from that, teachers are also not allowed to fully rely on work books when teaching in the school classroom.

Tan said NUTP would assist the Education Ministry in ensuring compliance with the circular, so that parents and students as well were not burdened with having to buy the work books.