12 Jul 2013 11:19

KUALA LUMPUR, July 10 (Bernama) -- A special committee to be set up to identify the best mechanism to address teacher transfer problem should give priority to experienced teachers, said the West Malaysia Malay Teachers Union.

Association president Mohamed Sabri Mohd Arsad said it was unjustified for the Education Ministry to appoint newly minted teachers from teaching institutes and universities to fill up vacant places but ignored requests made by experienced teachers to be transferred there.

"If this practice persisted, experienced teachers will be left in the lurch. So, I propose new teachers should only be placed after entertaining requests made by experienced who had sought transfer for a long time," he told Bernama today.

He was commenting on Second Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh's statement that the ministry was trying to find the best way to resolve teacher transfer as it received 16,000 applications yearly against vacancies of only between 2,000 and 3,000 places.

Mohamed Sabri said the committee should be fair and not entertained only those whose spouses were in the armed forces or police, but also to teaching couples and others who wanted to be with their spouses.



He also proposed that representatives from teaching associations and unions should be appointed to the committee since they understood problems faced by teachers.

"We found that many schools have adequate teachers. In the peninsula, teacher transfer application is critical and difficult to resolve, but in Sabah and Sarawak, maybe there is still room to accommodate applications, especially in rural areas," he said.

Welcoming the setting up of the committee, Malaysian Teachers Foundation Berhad chairman Tan Sri Alimuddin Mohd Dom said teachers should feel comfortable and happy so that they could do a good job, but some of them had applied in vain for transfer for a long time.

Alimuddin, who was former director-general of education, said the transfer fulfilled two requirements, namely addressing school needs for adequate teachers and family needs for teachers.