Form Six teachers irked over more work for same pay

Form Six teachers say they are compelled to teach other classes as well, despite a directive stating that they should only teach their own classes. (Bernama pic)

PETALING JAYA: A group of Form Six teachers from Kuantan has hit out at the structure introduced by the Malaysia Examination Council in 2016, claiming it increased weekly credit hours without a commensurate rise in salary.

They said their workload was significantly heavier than that of matriculation college lecturers, secondary and primary school teachers.

“The teachers’ total working hours were increased by about two and a half hours every week, from from 32 hours 50 minutes to 35 hours 20 minutes,” said one of them who asked not to be named.

The workload also includes “clerical work” and administrative duties which have nothing to do with teaching and learning, the teacher added.

“Form Six teachers are a separate entity from mainstream school teachers such as those at primary and secondary schools,” the teacher said.

As such, they should not have to participate in “unnecessary” weekly meetings or prepare reports or itineraries for out-of-classroom programmes like extra-curricular activities, the teacher added.

“The new structure clearly states that Form Six teachers only teach Form Six classes, even though we are still bound by the school administration. We are no longer obliged to teach other students.

“But we are still being forced to do work that is unrelated to us. Some of us are still being asked to teach relief classes,” the teacher said.

The teacher also criticised policies such as the Electronic Lesson Plan which compels teachers to prepare lesson plans on an electronic device.

The teacher said this often prolonged the length of time they spend preparing lessons as school internet connection is slow.

“Before this, teachers used a record book for lesson plans. It took about 40 minutes to prepare a one-week lesson plan.”

Apart from schools lacking the logistics for the effective implementation of such policies, the teacher said, many teachers resort to using their own money to buy electronic devices and internet data to get their job done.

Complaints to the National Union of The Teaching Profession have so far fallen on deaf ears, the teacher added.