SHAH ALAM - The Malaysian Association of Academic Council wants the Government to look into the remuneration package of lecturers in public institutions of higher learning.
MAAC chairman Prof Dr Mohd Idrus Mohd Masirin said it was time the salary of teaching staff at tertiary institution be in line with the nation's transformation policies.
"When there is talk about transformation, we want it to encompass the education sector at all levels," he said at a press conference here on Sunday.
Prof Idrus said the current transformation and remuneration in the education sector only covered school teachers.
"Lecturers are left out in the cold," he pointed out.
According to him, providing lecturers with more incentives would boost their morale and overall performance, adding that the revision of the salary and remuneration structure would help prevent the brain drain from public universities and colleges in the country.
Prof Idrus added that if the situation was left unchanged, capable lecturers would end up moving to private institutions where better pay awaited them.
MAAC also wanted the Government to look into providing lecturers with PhDs a special fixed allowance as an incentive, he said.
"We suggest that the Public Services Department and the Government consider providing a RM1,500 monthly allowance for lecturers with PhDs," he said.
Other requests made by MAAC included the incorporation of seniority as a consideration in the promotion of academics in the public sector, as opposed to merely focusing on merit as the deciding factor.