THE move to allow graduate teachers to engage in politics should not be at the expense of students missing their daily lessons, the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) said today.
Its secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng said the union supported the move but certain things must be adhered to.
“Priority should be given to teaching and the education of their charges. Politics should be after that.”
She was commenting on the announcement by the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan who said that graduate education service officers (teachers) on grades DG41 to DG48 would be permitted to engage in politics.
He said those who were allowed to be involved in politics must adhere fully to the Public Officers (Conduct and Discipline) Regulations 1993, and tight conditions would be imposed to ensure that the primary duties and focus of the group, which was to educate children, were not affected by their involvement in politics.
Lok said with the move, teachers’ voice on issues would be heard more at the political level and they should be given the opportunity to play a constructive role in politics.