JOHOR BAHRU: The education ministry has set up a special committee to study ways to tackle the shortage of teachers in several states, especially in Johor, Selangor, Sabah and Sarawak.
Deputy Education Minister Teo Nie Ching said among the factors leading to the shortage of teachers in these four states were the high cost-of-living and the location of the schools in interior areas.
“The problem of a lack of teachers is not only in urban areas like Johor and Selangor but also in the interior areas of Sabah and Sarawak, and the ministry has taken steps to resolve it.
“It is still under control but we need to find a quick solution, and one of the things we are considering is increasing the allowance so as to attract more teachers to the affected areas,” she said.
Teo was speaking to reporters after launching the National Research and Educational Innovation Conference (PPIPK) 2018 at the Teachers’ Training Institute, Temenggong Ibrahim Campus, here today.
She said the critical areas now were Johor Bahru and Shah Alam as teachers were not keen on being posted there because of the high cost of living.
“We are also discussing increasing the cost-of-living allowance for teachers here because they are reluctant to go to these states due to the high cost of living.
“However, this proposal is still being studied because we need to identify the strategic areas which really need this and we will make an announcement after the committee’s report is completed,” Teo said.
She added that in the case of Sabah and Sarawak, the ministry had implemented the 90:10 policy with 90% local teachers and 10% teachers from other areas.
“So far, we have reached 87% of local teachers in Sabah dan Sarawak,” she said.