Schoolchildren come first, says NUTP

KUALA LUMPUR: The move to allow graduate teachers to engage in politics should not be at the expense of schoolchildren’s education, the National Union of the Teaching Profession (NUTP) said yesterday.

Its general secretary, Lok Yim Pheng, said the union supported the move but certain limitations must be adhered to.

“Priority should be given to the children’s education. Politics should come second.” She said this when asked to comment on the announcement by the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan that beginning Aug 1, graduate education service officers (teachers) from Grades DG41 to DG48 would be permitted to engage in politics.

In Shah Alam, Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said although certain teachers would be allowed to engage in politics, they should not spend too much time on it.

Teachers should be impartial in their views and avoid a conflict of interest, he said.


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