Prioritising teachers’ welfare

YAYASAN Guru Malaysia Bhd (YGMB) has set a target of signing up a total of 100,000 new teachers in the first six months of this year.

YGMB board of trustees chairman Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom (pic), said teams from the foundation would be visiting schools to brief new teachers on the benefits of joining it.

They will also provide the information to district education officers as they will not be able to visit all 10,000 schools in the country.

“We want new teachers who have just joined the civil service to be aware of the benefits of joining the foundation. Teachers’ welfare is our priority and we hope more will consider becoming members of the foundation,” he said, adding that there are 27 teaching unions in total.

The foundation was set up in 1994, to bring together all teachers and other education staff members under one roof to ensure their welfare is taken care of.

Alimuddin said the foundation presently has 120,000 members but most have since retired from the civil service.

“I am very concerned about teachers’ welfare and the foundation will be able to provide assistance, particularly to teachers who have just started working,” he said on Monday.

Alimuddin said all educators, education ministry staff, retired teachers and allied members are elegible to receive contributions from the foundation.

“Once they become members of the foundation, they can enjoy various benefits,” he said.

The monetary benefits are for occasions like childbirth, marriage, retirement, accident, funeral and death of a spouse or child.

Citing an example, he said those who retire would receive RM500. As for accidents and other calamaties, the amount would be decided on a case-to-case basis, but would not exceed RM500.

“These benefits will be paid out within seven days,” he said.

Alimuddin said he was very concerned about the welfare of teachers adding that such benefits would be of gain to teachers who have just started working.

Foundation members who decide to become members of its cooperative will be able to take loans for various purposes be it in the event of an emergency, buying property, pursuing higher education and performing the umrah.

“In case of an emergency, we are able to provide the loan within 24 hours,” he said.

Alimuddin said he was impressed with how the Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera was being run and hoped the foundation could follow suit.

Suggestions in the past, he said, included setting up a bank for teachers, but this could only materialise if it was of strong financial standing.

It was reported last year that Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the ministry would channel RM10mil to fund the activities of the foundation.

Alimuddin, 58, who served the government for 34 years – which included 27 years as a History teacher, senior assistant and principal and the last seven years in various posts within both the Education and Higher Education Ministries – retired last November and was appointed chairman of the foundation’s board of trustees.

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by Karen Chapman.

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