KUALA LUMPUR - Fifty-one teachers are in a quandary after they failed to get posted to secondary schools to teach SPM-level Mandarin which was what they were trained to do.
Instead, the teachers from Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) were sent to boarding schools, vocational schools and vocational colleges to teach basic Chinese.
Eighty-five other teachers from UPSI have yet to be posted anywhere, and are wondering if they are in for the same fate.
This has led MCA deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong to appeal to the Education Ministry to post all 136 Chinese language teachers to the right schools - in line with their training.
"These teachers were specially trained to educate students who want to take the Chinese language subject in SPM," Dr Wee pointed out.
"MCA supports any initiative by the Government to teach Chinese communication as it is a noble effort," he told reporters at Wisma MCA here yesterday.
"But since the teachers were trained to educate SPM-level students in the subject, then they should be sent to secondary schools as intended."
The 51 teachers were supposed to report for duty on July 1.
Dr Wee urged the ministry to allocate more time for the issue to be resolved.
"This is an important matter to the Chinese community as a lot of us send our children to government secondary schools," he said, adding that he would also meet ministry officials soon over the issue.
Dr Wee noted that there was a shortage of Chinese language teachers in national-type secondary schools (SMJK) and national secondary schools (SMK).
"Almost 90 per cent of students from Chinese national-type primary schools (SJKC) are also likely to further their studies in SMJK and SMK, and this adds to the need for good quality Chinese language teachers," he said.
Dr Wee said the quality of the country's SPM-level Chinese subject was of a high standard.
"It's even recognised by universities in China," he said.
"Such quality of the Chinese language subject here should be maintained."