No to ‘licence to teach’

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has shot down the “licence to teach” proposal, assuring teachers that it will not be implemented.

Muhyiddin, who is also Education Minister, said such a proposal would be “simply impractical”.

He said requiring teachers to have a teaching licence was against the concept of free education that the country practised.

“It is simply impractical in this country although there are others that practise it.

“Schools are built by the Government and they do not need licences to operate,” he said, stressing that the “idea would remain an idea”.

Muyhiddin, however said it would be a different matter if the idea were to be implemented by private schools, which had their own systems and required licences to operate.

“So, requiring teachers at government schools to have licences to teach is unsuitable, impractical and will not be implemented,” Muhyiddin told reporters during the Juara Rakyat programme at the Sungai Bonus People’s Housing Scheme near Setapak here yesterday.

Deputy Education Minister Dr Puad Zarkashi had on Friday said teachers might be required to sit for an examination to obtain a licence, just like doctors and lawyers, as an initiative to ensure professionalism and avoid having unqualified teachers or those involved in criminal activities in the profession.

The National Union of the Teaching Profession had objected to the idea, saying that there was no need for such a proposal.

by Zuhrin Azam Ahmad.

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