D-G: Teaching still the popular career option

KUANTAN: Teaching remains a popular career option, judging by the overwhelming number of applications that pour in each year.

Education director-general Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom said they received more than 100,000 applications yearly from candidates vying for the 4,000 places in the teachers’ training colleges nationwide.

“It is a very popular career,” he told reporters after the opening of the Teacher’s Day Festival by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob at a shopping mall here yesterday.

“Judging from the number of applications received yearly, we have many candidates to choose from,” he said when asked about the ministry’s move to recruit more male teachers.

Alimuddin also said the issue of transferring teachers to remote areas was no longer a problem for the ministry as the trainees understood the prospect of being sent to such areas including those in Sabah and Sarawak.

“They clearly understand the situation and this is something that they are prepared for when in training colleges.”

He added that the allowances given to teachers deployed to remote areas was another incentive that made it attractive.

To a question, Alimuddin said the ministry would still entertain requests for transfer from those who were married or because of health reasons.

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