Dr Maszlee has tackled many burdens affecting educators, says NUTP.

ALMOST half of the problems being faced by teachers have been solved by Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.

The National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) said out of the 41 issues raised by the union, 18 have been solved, another 11 are at the discussion stage while 12 issues are pending.

“Following the handing over of the 41 issues, several discussion sessions have been organised between the Education Ministry and the union,” said NUTP president Aminuddin Awang and secretary-general Harry Tan in a joint statement on May 14.

The document containing the 41 issues was presented to Dr Maszlee on July 9, 2018.

Among the successes, the union added, included the five initiatives to reduce teachers’ administrative workload announced by Dr Maszlee during his 2019 mandate earlier this year.

One of the initiatives was that teachers will no longer have to prepare and file multiple copies of documents.

These included preparing the classroom attendance and subject committee records.

The union, comprising 230,000 members, said Dr Maszlee’s swift action and full commitment in tackling the burdens faced by the teachers show that he is the right choice to be Education Minister.

“As a union that cares for the welfare of teachers, NUTP is satisfied with his open attitude as he really wants to help teachers on the issue of their workload, dilapidated schools, Technical Education and Vocational Training (TVET) and drafting the standard operation procedure for teachers’ safety and welfare when bringing students out of school to attend the official ministry programmes.”

The union said that the issues will be tackled through the ministry’s long-term, medium-term and short-term plans.

Among the issues which are still pending discussion are the shortage of teachers at religious schools and the workload of sports schools’ teachers.

By Rebecca Rajaendram Educate@Thestar.Com.My
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