Union gives backing to Teachers Standard

KUALA LUMPUR:  The National Union of the Teaching Profession, the country’s biggest teachers union with 120,000 members, will ensure the success of the Malaysian Teachers Standard, said its secretary-general Lok Yim Pheng.

She said yesterday that this was something the union had been seeking for the past few years as it was in line with its policy to provide quality education to Malay­sian children through highly qualified and dedicated teachers.

“Our members will certainly work closely with the Education Ministry, schools, colleges and training institutions to maintain and improve the standard set,” she added.

The guidelines for the standard were unveiled by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who is also Education Minister, in Tawau on Wednesday.

The guidelines that require them to have three basic values in teaching – professionalism, know­ledge and high teaching and learning skills – would serve as a benchmark for some 300,000 teachers to function effectively in the classroom.

Lok said once the standard was set and clear guidelines introduced, it would be easy for teachers to follow and implement it.

At present, this was lacking and it was sometimes difficult for teachers to deliver what was expected of them by the authorities and community at large.

She hoped the guidelines would encourage teachers to be innovative and motivate them to develop and enhance their teaching skills and knowledge.

BERNAMA.

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