MCA to set up directory to address teacher shortage

MCA to set up directory to address teacher shortage
Dr Wee speaking to the reporters during the press conference as Chow looks on.

KUALA LUMPUR - The MCA will create a database of teachers at Chinese-medium schools (SJKC) to tackle the perennial problem of teacher shortage, said party deputy president Datuk Dr Wee Ka Siong.

He added that it was high time they had a database to act as reference to tackle disparities with official government figures.

"The database will allow us to find a solution together with the Education Ministry," he told reporters after chairing the party's education consultative committee meeting at Wisma MCA here yesterday.

Wee, a Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, said the database will include the number of teachers retiring and replacements from teacher training institutes.

He said the MCA will form a committee to compile all the information and to come up with a road map on how to resolve these issues, adding that as many as 600 teachers retire annually from SJKCs, compounding existing shortages.

Wee, a former education deputy minister, said he was aware that the Education Ministry had increased the intake at teaching institutes by several thousands but, he added, these teachers would only be ready for posting between next year and 2016.

"While waiting for them, there must be a mechanism to address the shortage at schools," he said.

Dr Wee said another committee will be formed to gather feedback from experts over discrepancies in the Year Four Chinese language History textbook.

"There's a need to verify certain facts," he said, adding that Chinese education stakeholders want a meeting with the ministry to voice out their grievances.

Also present at the press conference was United Chinese School Committees Association of Malaysia deputy chairman Chow Siew Hon.

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