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A 'new deal' for teachers, school staff

They will be given additional incentives such as better annual increments. -The Star/ANN

Thu, Jan 21, 2010
The Star/Asia News Network

MIRI: The Education Ministry has announced a "new deal" for those in the teaching profession.

Teachers, headmasters, principals and staff of schools that have excelled in academic, extracurricular and sporting activities will be given additional "ganjaran" (incentives) such as better annual increments, promotions and other financial and material benefits as a reward for their extra effort.

Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, announcing this here Thursday, said the Government would implement this new merit-based pay structure for those in the teaching profession starting next year.

"This new deal for those in the teaching profession will take effect next year based on the achievements of their schools this year.

"From next year onwards, those schools that have excelled in academic, extracurricular and sports achievements will see their staff rewarded by extra "ganjaran".

"We (his ministry) have found that there are schools that have achieved much better results compared with others because of the extra hard work and dedication of their headmasters and teaching staff.

"We feel that these high-achievers must be given extra rewards. I will announce more details concerning these extra rewards in due time," he said when declaring open the new RM17 million (S$7,060) SK Kampung Bakam in the outskirts of Miri City.

Muhyiddin said the new deal is meant to reward those in the teaching profession who had put in extra effort to ensure that their students perform better.

He said that this merit-based reward system will spur more teachers to put in extra effort.

"We want schools to be more responsible for the level of achievements of their students. We do not want to see schools leaving everything to the Education Ministry.

"Those schools that put in greater effort for their students must be given the rewards that their staff deserve," he said.

Muhyiddin said the new deal will also spur rural schools to greater heights as it will encourage teaching staff to be more dedicated.

-- The Star/Asia News Network

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