Plan To Reduce Ratio Of Counselling Teachers To Students

KUALA LUMPUR:  A proposal to reduce the ratio of full-time counselling teachers to students in primary and secondary schools is being processed, the Dewan Rakyat was told today.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Puad Zarkashi said the proposal entailed having one counselling teacher to 300 pupils, instead of between 350 and 850 pupils, in primary schools and one teacher to 300 students, instead of 500 students, in secondary schools.

He said the proposal was submitted to the Human Resource Division of the Ministry of Education for consideration, but it had not yet been approved for it involved staffing and financial allocation.

Responding to a question from Datuk Mohd Nasir Ibrahim Fikri (BN-Kuala Nerus), Puad said in fact, there were no designated counsellors in schools, but rather ordinary teachers tasked with counselling duties besides doing normal teaching job.


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