9 measures to free teachers of clerical work, says Maszlee

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KUALA LUMPUR: The education ministry has outlined nine measures to reduce the burden of teachers.

Education Minister Maszlee Malik said the measures, to be announced on Jan 14, followed 16 sessions with the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP).

During the sessions held since July, the NUTP provided over 70 proposals to solve the problem.

“The education ministry is aware that teachers are being faced with more challenging tasks.

“The main role of a teacher is to educate our children but now they have been burdened with clerical work and as a result they are not able to focus on the learning process in the classrooms,” he told reporters at the NUTP Special Assembly here today.

He said he wanted to ensure that teachers were happy and excited in their job.

The ministry, state education departments, district education offices and schools would implement the interventions divided into five initiatives.

“In the future, we will have more engagements with the NUTP and other teachers’ associations to enable us to listen to the grassroots and we will adopt this bottom-up approach in formulating policies,” he said.

It was reported that teachers would no longer be burdened with clerical duties by January next year.

In August, the ministry reported that 4.4% or 2,123 of 48,258 teachers were identified as having medium to high stress levels.