Teaching to be made an elite, prestigious Profession

Published by Afterschool.my on Sep 12, 2012, 06:30 am

  • Only recruits from the top 30% of graduates in the country can become teachers, according to the proposed Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.
  • The preliminary report on the Blueprint states that the Education Ministry will rigorously enforce entry standards that every teacher training intake meets the minimum academic requirement.
  • This is in line with one of the 11 shifts outlined in the document to transform the country's education system, namely 'transforming teaching into the profession of choice'.
  • The Education Ministry will work with teacher training institutes and the Higher Education Ministry to ensure that the quality of the curriculum and lecturers are upgraded to deliver the kind of teachers desired.
  • It further states that beginning next year, teachers will enjoy reduced administrative burdens so that they can focus on core teaching functions.
  • "This will be achieved by streamlining and simplifying existing data collection and management process. Some administrative functions will also be moved to a centralised service centre or to a dedicated administrative teacher at the school level," says the report.
  • The Education Ministry also aims to implement competency and performance-based career progression for teachers by 2016, whereby teachers will be assessed annually by their principals, with input potentially being provided by peers.
  • "The very best teachers may even be promoted from DG41 to DG54 in a faster time period than the current average promotion time of 25 years," says the report, adding that teachers who struggle to meet the minimum quality will receive extra coaching support to help them get back on track.
  • "Teachers who consistently underperform even with the extra support, will be re-deployed to other school-based functions such as administration, discipline management or co-curricular management."
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